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Old and Worn Out? Why Not Suicide?

beagal Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:28 PM
Well put. Many people don't (or won't) recognize that God cares very much how we enter and exit this world. Children need and deserve to have both a mother and a father. In later years, we presume to take His job if we decide to take our lives. That's not for us to decide. I agree, Reginald10, that He has a purpose for us.

This week, blogger Wesley J. Smith directed his readers' attention to an article on Salon.com written by Lillian B. Rubin. Eighty-eight years old and in failing health, Rubin speculates about our society's fear of death, the taboo surrounding elder suicide, and her own struggles with "ambivalence" about taking her own life. She challenges the notion that suicide is the coward's way out, insisting that – on the contrary – to accept the fact of one's "diminishing existence" and to take decisive action to end one's suffering is an act of immense courage.

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