The Seven Benefits of Suicide
Disclaimer: Don’t freaking kill yourself. See #4 below. “Sure, something might’ve helped, maybe the next thing you tried, the next person you talked to.” Hang in there, because anyone who has lived through suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts knows that nothing looks the same tomorrow as it does now.
So. You’re thinking about ending it all. You’ve lost hope for a better day tomorrow.
Researchers have found that your thoughts come from depression, which can be treated, or it can get worse.
But if you’re depressed, does it do you any good to have professors tell you so? You probably already know. You know better than anyone. What nobody tells you are the benefits.
- Suicide leaves one less person to make the world better. So there’s one responsibility that’s not hanging over your head any more. When you’re gone, that is.
- When you’re gone, whatever caused you to lose hope can’t reach you any more. It can move on to someone else (debts to your estate, bullies to one of your friends, etc.), but hey, that’s not your problem any more, is it?
- When you’re gone, every one you know may wonder – helplessly – what they might have done to make your world so dark. Or they may wonder what they didn’t do to bring the light back. But hey, you can leave behind a note for that, can’t you? You might have to make it a long note, or even write a Thirteen Reasons Why, but you can give it a few days to get that done before you go.
- When you’re gone, no more expenses to your family for psych evaluations, anti-depressants, or any of that stuff. It didn’t help, though, did it? Sure, something might’ve helped, maybe the next thing you tried, the next person you talked to, but that’s such a hassle, isn’t it? Not any more.
- When you’re gone, you leave behind the long sadness – a grief from which some who know you may never recover. But that isn’t really all that much different from when you were alive, is it? Weren’t you leaving everyone miserable everywhere you went already? So OK.
- When you’re gone, you miss what you may have done after. A machine to regenerate optic nerves? A cure for cerebral palsy? A prevention technique for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? An irrigation system for Somalian farms? (As in Andy Andrews’ The Traveler’s Gift.) Talking someone out of another bullycide? Maybe. Or just MAYbe you miss the last episode of your favorite show, or a test in geometry. Nobody knows what may have been, and maybe nobody needs to, right?
- When you’re gone, you can’t score. You can’t have sex, you can’t have a relationship, you can’t find love, you can’t find friendship, blah blah blah. And you miss all the complications that come with all that, don’t you?
Seven benefits to suicide. Heck, the world may be a better place after you’re gone.
Ready to talk sense now? Suicide is a permanent, irreversible, irrevocable treatment of a temporary problem. And like we said above…
Suicide leaves one less person to make the world better.
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