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Explain your opinion in great detail. What is the philosophy of suicide?
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I think it mainly has to do with self sacrifice going towards a better cause, while suicide is just plain killing yourself.
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Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.


John 15:13
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One you die for nothing the other for something... I can't really give any good explanation why that's just the way I see it.
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Suicide is a nihilistic act of self-destruction, while self-sacrifice is for the greater good. Their motivation is entirely different.
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we've had this thread before, back when we had the extended discussion section. doubt anyone wants it revived if it still exists.

it depends on who it mattered to. someone who commits suicide tends to leave a negative feeling in the hearts of those left behind. though i'd think the feeling is temporary.

someone who sacrifices themselves for another might be thought of as a fool or hero depending on who it touches. even if it doesn't touch anyone's heart, there is a feeling of pride or respect. it can just as well also leave behind negative feelings since a life is gone. when it comes down to it, it's how long are you going to be remembered for? none of which matters to a dead person.

most importantly, both can motive another person to do either of the two. society would much rather people do the latter because society is ultimately concerned with the living. even if you commit suicide, it's alright. most people have no bone to pick with the dead as long as they didn't cause too much trouble whilst they were alive.
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Society has programmed us into thinking that sacrificing yourself for another living being is a honorable deed, while suicide means inflicting pain upon the people most dear to you for no good reason. Society's view, not mine.
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Yep pretty much what the others said. If you sacrifice yourself, your own life in order to help others then that's fairly different to just ending your own life for no reason other than misery.

Cant say i have much respect for those who "sacrifce" themselves for all the wrong reasons and kill innocent people though.
Doing it thinking that youir going to a better life than this one seems stupid, also they are often manipulated into doing it and i think it could be considered as selfish, just as suicide is.
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I think people think of those two choices like this:
Suicide = Selfishness = Bad
Self-Sacrifice = Selflessness = Good

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I dont know I dont think suicide is all that bad anyway I just think self sacrifice is more noble. You are willing to end your own life so that someone can continue to live their's thats the ultimate way to express one's humanity and really is probably the best way to go out. Sucide is just someone not being able to deal with their circumstances who am I to say that someone should live in pain and misery. We as a culture cling to life like its everyone's life is our to dictate. If someone feels like their life inst worth living anymore than that is their right and we should accept that as such.
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qualeshia3 wrote:Explain your opinion in great detail. What is the philosophy of suicide?


Self-pity.

And just as there are other people who would be happy to pity you without the selfish act of doing it yourself, there are things you could do for them as well. Like going out of your way for some sacrificing act, which would be, well, un-selfish.

Sorry for the lack of detail, but there's not much to go around.
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Depends on the culture.
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Radraymond01 wrote:

I think it mainly has to do with self sacrifice going towards a better cause, while suicide is just plain killing yourself.


Alright, let me just sacrifice myself so that my parents don't need to pay for me no more xD
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qualeshia3 wrote:Explain your opinion in great detail. What is the philosophy of suicide?


Self-pity.

And just as there are other people who would be happy to pity you without the selfish act of doing it yourself, there are things you could do for them as well. Like going out of your way for some sacrificing act, which would be, well, un-selfish.

Sorry for the lack of detail, but there's not much to go around.


Oh, I see.
Posted 12/5/15
I guess in sociaty's eyes it depends on why they're doing it. A terrorist blowing him or herself up seems isn't more honourable that a person downing a bottle of pills because he or she feels like a burden to others, both depending on who it is and where they are from could be seen as cowardly or just, although its ultimately a matter of perspective. For instance, the passengers of United 93 that died stopping a plane on 911, self sacrifice in that instance oft, is regarded as honourable. A person with a terminal illness in constant pain might seek assistance in ending their life, might be met with controversy due to their ethical or religious beliefs.

So its subjective.
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