An elite in Denmark experiences family problems and contemplates suicide. That's labeled a classic in great drama and the Shakespearean play "Hamlet" continues to have a pull force with global audiences throughout history.
Yet, in America suicide is too often framed in medical terms, not an existential choice. Because of that we have measures such as the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, which is funded at about $56 million. And, MAIL ONLINE treats as a news story that, according to research by Ian Rockett, suicides are up in America. In fact they are the leading cause of death from injury.
Some organizations have taken upon themselves suicide prevention. That helps clarify for people their choices and therefore that could be a worthwhile initiative.
However, those of us who have lived our lives surrounded by suicides, both active and passive, understand that suffering, along with hopelessness, is often so intense and enduring that ending it might be downright smart. My friends and family were not stupid people. They didn't luck out in the genetic lottery for the kind of neural wiring which provides resilience. After a number of setbacks and losses they decided that they had had it. One relative didn't fill a prescription for high blood medication. Two others chose to ignore early signs of cancer. One ranted about mixing lead paint in an unventilated area but continued to do so. Could their passive suicides have been prevented? Maybe that isn't the issue. Maybe the issue is simply having enough of this entity we glorify as life and opting for another option. Few claim to know what follows life in this earthly dimension.