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Suicide is conveniently defined for our purposes as doing something which results in ones death either from the intention of ending ones life or the intention to bring about some other state of affairs such as relief from pain which one thinks it certain or highly probable can be achieved only by means of death or will produce death Brandt 1975 p117 Suicide occurs in all cultures races and religions In ancient times suicide was considered a tragic alternative then evolved under the persuasion of Christianity into a sin Later it became a crime and now is frequently viewed as a sickness Donnelly p11 Today it mainly arises among adolescents but also the elderly and both sexes When a person decides to commit suicide people commonly question why People often do not know the signs of a suicidal person and sometimes ignore suicidal threats thinking it is just stress or crazy talk Unfortunately when the person actually succeeds in ending their own life the ask themselves Why How could I have known or more frequently What could I have done to helpThere are many opposing and approving views of suicide Throughout history some believed that people who assist or encourage others to commit suicide should be prosecuted while others such as Roman philosopher and Stoic Lucius Annaeus Seneca 4 BC - AD 65 recommended dying well as an escape from the ills of living He also believed that human beings should have the power and liberty to put an end to their life whenever and if ever they choose In contrast he thought it to be criminal to live by robbery but noble to die by stealing ones own life Agreeing with Seneca Joseph Fletcher the famed situation ethicist prefers to regard suicide as the signature of freedomDonnelly p14 whereas Joyce Carol Oates an American novelist and essayist prefers otherwise She regards it as foolish if not immoral If there is no life after death
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