Hello all, yet once again,
I have found myself thinking about suicide a little more often lately and how it relates to courage, or more sprcifically, the meaning of courage. My mother tells me, and I've heard it said by various other people, in the media, on television , in books, etc. that killing myself is stupid and not the answer, and is the " easy " way out. I heard that I have to have courage and perservere and things will get better. My view is, that 1) suicide is not the " easy " way out, what's easy about not knowing what happens after you kill yourself ? What's easy about not being able to see your loved ones, your pets, your family anymore. Sure, there MIGHT be a better life after death, but we don't KNOW that there is. Actually, I think belief that there is a Heaven is actually what influences alot of people TO kill themselves, that belief that they'll get to see loved ones on the other side, that Heaven will be a Utopia where all their problems, all the pains, all their anxietys, all their suffering are gone and everything is living in peace together and that they'll get to be with God, since all those things are impossible on Earth, I believe that's actually the prevailing belief that causes people to make the decision of suicide and not anything other humans do. Also, courage is not the absence of fear, but doing something when the fear is absolutely OVERWEMING, but doing that thng anyway. And the fear that if you kill yourself, your family may suffer because they will blame each other for your suicide, and the guilt that will come over your family members for not noticing your pleas for help, their wondering " What did we do wrong ? ", the fear of the other hardships your death might bring on your family, but killing yourself despite those fears you have, that takes REAL courage. Besides, life goes on, right ?