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Old and Worn Out? Why Not Suicide?

John 2000 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 12:08 PM
Thanks Ken for your defense of life. For me the issue is pretty simple. If you believe that this is the only existence there is and you are completely in charge of it, then it is easy to rationalize suicide, abortion etc. . If you believe however that there is another life after this one and that God is in charge, then the sanctity of life that He created and even the suffering that it sometimes entails has value and meaning. For a good take on this view, read the wonderful online article, "Death Dignified by Christ" from First Things magazine.
beagal Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:21 PM
Having worked as a funeral director, and from personal familial experiences, there is life after death.
John 2000, thanks for a great comment!

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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