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Old 03-20-2017, 07:41 AM   #16
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I've read that in a lot of places, ATTEMPTED suicide is illegal. Gives new meaning to "it's only illegal if they catch you."

The 'Suicide Divide' as I understand it is primarily a White People Activity. Astonishingly, statistics show that the group least likely to commit suicide in the USA are extremely poor black women.

I believe that forcing someone to remain alive against their will is unethical. Of course there are exceptions--there always are--but if someone has a medical condition or no family or other problems that bad, let them decide if they want to go or stay. This is the opinion, however, of someone who has never had a family member (that I've been told about) or close friend take their own life. One neighbor, a while back, but again...he had reasons. Income halved, feet getting necrotic from diabetes-related circulation problems, ex-wife about to sue him for most of what he had left, not enough money for a decent apartment even before his income got halved...yeah, he had reasons.

I think it should be illegal for the decision to live or die to be taken away from the terminally ill. Everyone else should at least have to pretend to want help at least once, but I think terminal medical diagnosis should be a qualifier to make up one's own mind.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:46 AM   #17
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Regarding folks who are on life support...

A lot of folks have lost the ability to distinguish "quality of life" from "length of time lived". My mom and I talked about life support years ago and she has a firm rule: If there is no chance of recovery, pull the plug. If she is likely to recover, pull the plug after 3 days and let her do it on her own. She's been told 2 or 3 times she'd never walk again, but that hasn't stopped her yet.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:59 PM   #18
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I don't hear about poor folks taking their life.

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You ain't been listening.

Dude I knew casually shot himself just yesterday.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:53 PM   #19
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I guess it was no big deal to him.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:31 PM   #20
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Dude I knew, casually shot himself just yesterday.
Dude I knew casually, shot himself just yesterday.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:49 AM   #21
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That's the point I was making with the anecdote. I'm sure Gravdigr knows my writing style well enough to get it.
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:17 PM   #24
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I love that explanation.
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