I was going to have another KosKids article, but then I read Jazz Shaw’s moving article on suicide that brought me to tears. I highly recommend reading it. It is as moving as it is wonderfully written. In fact, I am still crying. I am going to call my dad right after I write this to tell him I love him, just because I have time to do so.
However moving his piece on suicide was however, I still can’t bring myself to forgive suicide.
My view on suicide is a simple one: It’s murder. It is the selfish and cowardly act of taking of a life. Murder is only justify in the mind of the person committing murder. However suicide has the added horror of that you are taking your own life.
Nope, you can’t justify suicide to me on any level. I can’t endorse it or recommend it as a logical course of action.
Is the person who commits murder or suicide an evil, selfish, and/or cowardly person? No, we have degrees of murder. I think we should grade suicide on a similar scale.
If you are mentally and/or physically healthy, then committing suicide is a great sin in my opinion. People who commit suicide as an “easy out” because their life stinks or when they have committed other crimes, is an absolute cowardice act. There are no excuses here. Don’t get me started on suicide by cop nonsense or throwing yourself in front of a train/car, putting other people’s lives in danger is maddening dumb. Simple depression, in my opinion, is not a justifiable reason to kill yourself. I often go through bouts of crippling depression and yet I haven’t killed myself.
If you are mentally and/or physically deteriorating, I would condemn the act of suicide and yet still morn the loss of the individual. Jazz Shaw’s dad was facing crippling medical problems. Jazz himself is facing possible mental problems like his poor mother went through. Robin Williams had DLB, which strips you of your ability to plan or analytical/abstract thinking. While I deplore the suicide, Robin Williams was likely unable to tell right from wrong at that point.
Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia/Right To Die
It is one thing to kill yourself, it is an entirely different story to ask someone to kill you for you or mercy kill you. Whatever euphemism you want to use, no one should “help” you murder yourself.
One thing we have to think about, is consent. People who cannot consent to dying, may want to live. If you have DNR, that is not “assisted suicide” as much as it is a “let me die” order. It is a consent form to not revive you. If there is no consent form, then we have to assume that they want to live.
Also, pulling the plug on breathing machine is different from letting someone starve to death. If that person can live without machines, then they are alive in my book. Withholding food and water is a horrific way to die, no matter how you slice it.
Dr. Stephen Hawking/Michael J. Fox/Charles Krauthammer
It may surprise you to learn that Dr. Stephen Hawking is one of my heroes. I thoroughly disagree with the man politically and socially, but I think he is one of the bravest men on earth. Despite Dr. Stephen Hawking’s crippling ALS, this man has made great contributions to science. Dr. Hawking could have given up long ago, but he did not. He talks with his cheek muscle through a computer. However bad my life seems, I think of Dr. Hawking and how he chose to live instead of killing himself. The man is 74 and was diagnosis with ALS in 1963 when he was 21! Incredible!
And look at Michael J. Fox! He has Parkinson’s Disease, but despite not acting as much as he used too, and yet Fox has decided to live! How awesome is that! Thumbs up to Fox for not giving up hope.
Dr. Charles Krauthammer is crippled, yet has also chosen to live. I agree with him politically than the other two. He wrote a book called Things That Matter and the number one thing that should matter, is living.
As for Jazz Shaw, I admire him too. If I could write half as good as him, I’d be writing on Hot Air too.
I hope he doesn’t take the path that his dad took and I will pray for him. I hope he fights to the bitter end. Whatever happens, however, know that I respect him as a man and political commentator.
One thing I would suggest, Jazz, if you are reading this: Write a book. Like, right now. Put it all down before you go any further. It would be a crime against humanity to lose what’s on your mind. You have now lost any excuse. Just do it. I will be the first one to line up for your book. In fact, I will buy the hardcopy and move heaven and earth to get it signed. Alright?
Well, see ya’ later!