Suicide Is Not Self-Murder
By Kevin Caruso, www.suicide.org
Over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death. They die by suicide because they ARE NOT thinking clearly and are suffering from excruciating emotional pain.
And they feel that they MUST die by suicide to end their pain.
But there are many people who are IGNORANT about suicide and use the deeply offensive and patently INCORRECT term “self-murder” when they talk about suicide.
But murder is defined as “the unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice.” So, as any intelligent person can see, suicide unquestionably DOES NOT fit the definition for murder…at all.
The first problem with labeling suicide as “self-murder” is that it implies suicide is a crime. But suicide is NOT a crime. People who die by suicide are trying to stop their pain. There is NO criminal component to suicide. Period.
Next, the word “murder” implies a very evil intent to bring the most severe harm imaginable upon another person. But with suicide there is NO evil intent and NO desire to bring harm upon another person. Again, people who die by suicide want to stop their pain.
And “murder” means the killing of another person. But there is no other person killed in a suicide.
Contorting the word “murder” by placing the prefix “self” in front of it causes the new word “self-murder” to be a nonsensical, twisted term– a term that is oftentimes used by people with a NEGATIVE (and ignorant) agenda against people who die by suicide and against suicide survivors.
For example, those who claim that suicide is a sin will oftentimes state that those who die by suicide commit “self-murder.” Thus they try to advance their idiotic agenda by using the word “murder” as a WEAPON of hate...a weapon to denigrate and dishonor suicide angels and suicide survivors. But the individuals who advance this idiocy are only exhibiting their own IGNORANCE by making such statements.
Suicide is NOT a sin.
Suicide is NOT a crime.
And suicide is NOT self-murder.