Is suicide an act of selfishness? Many people see that to be true while the one planning suicide thinks otherwise. Those who are suicidal do not believe they are attempting to die out of selfishness. They believe that their death will help the world around them and help free themselves of the difficulties in their life. I know this because I’ve been there.
The mind is a tricky thing to decipher. It’s hard to really understand what the mind is going through for those who are suicidal. In truth, we will never really understand because everyone’s mind is different and mental illness causes very serious and untrue thoughts about oneself. However the question remains – is it selfish to commit suicide?
Suicide, Selfish or Not, Makes Death More Painful
A man very close to my heart recently passed away. He was not my grandfather by blood, but became a grandfather figure through my stepfamily. Until his passing, I had never sat in a room with someone who had died and never witnessed a loved one being carried away from their family.
His death made me think about my past and my suicide attempts. It made me think about how selfish it would have been if those attempts had actually turned into my death. I couldn’t imagine how my family would have felt if they had found me and how painful it would have been for them.
The sadness and pain my step-grandfather’s death caused to his family and friends has been immense. He touched our lives in so many ways and never wanted to die. It wasn’t his choice to pass away and the fact that many people make the choice to end their lives really is something I see as selfish.
My Idea of Suicide and Selfishness
Some people may not agree with my way of thinking, but I am sure many do. Looking back at my suicide attempts, I feel as if they were acts of selfishness even if, at the time, I thought otherwise. For those who have attempted suicide, whether or not you self-harmed as well, think about how your death would have affected those around you. Think about how you felt when a loved one passed away.
And for those who are suicidal and are thinking about following through, call a suicide hotline or speak out to someone, anyone, before you take one more step.