Suicidal Thoughts: Essays on Self-Determined Death by Max Malikow

By Max Malikow

Suicidal suggestions is a compilation of a few of the main relocating and insightful writing entire relating to suicide. It provides the techniques and reviews of fifteen writers who've reflected suicide-some on a certified point, others on a private point, and some, either for my part and professionally. via this assortment, the reader is ready to endure witness to the fight among lifestyles and demise and to the devastating aftermath of suicide. Suicidal innovations offers readers with a greater figuring out of the explanations why a few contributors supply severe attention to killing themselves.

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As Clark slipped into the waters he saw the chaplains standing—their arms linked—praying, in Latin, Hebrew, and English. Other men, now serene, joined them in a huddle as the Dorchester slid beneath the sea (Myers, 1992, p. 196). CAN A SUICIDE BE ALTRUISTIC? Professor Daniel Robinson is among those who have pondered the question: Is an act of undiluted altruism even a possibility (Robinson, 2007)? Those who maintain that altruism is a concept without a corresponding reality have argued that every act of benevolence is tainted by self-interest.

Jesus also spoke of his imminent death as part of his mission and therefore his duty: “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ’ No, it was for this very reason that I came to this hour” (John 12:27). The psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg’s moral stages theory consists of six stages of moral reasoning ranging from simplistic and concrete to abstract and principled. Stage six moral reasoning is characterized by what an individual personally perceives as unqualified ethical principles. The United States Marine Corps motto, “Death before dishonor” and its Japanese Samurai warrior counterpart, seppuku, are military ethical principles that place honor above the preservation of life.

The books on the table, the pots and plates in the corner did not meet my eye with the joyful familiarity of the days before. They looked like visiting friends who came inopportunely on a family quarrel; they turned their backs. What had happened? It was not the fact that I was to die in the evening, for death had no image or voice which on closer approach I could see or hear and be gripped with fear. Even as late as the small hours of the preceding night my mind was peaceful. I was rereading for hours the tales of Jacob and his sons chuckling over the vivid details and marveling at the unsurpassed storytelling.

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