Post Mortem

How often is suicide discussed in our society?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/21/2020 11:04:38 AM IST

 The meaning of life is just to be alive. According to Socrates, the purpose of life means flourishing or ‘the good life’. But what is the real purpose of life? Why are we here on Earth? JAMES 4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeared for a little time, and then vanished away. Our life is short, in fact so short that the Bible says it is Jesus, The all powerful, all knowing one, who at his voice, the heavens were made and all the host of them, he is the only source of life. However, the one question everyone has asked without exception is, why people have a philosophical desire to kill themselves?

 I am here concerned about why people, especially children, adolescents, and young adults commits suicide. Suicide is a serious problem and majority of the people who attempts suicide have a significant mental disorder, usually depression, feeling of sadness, feeling of stress, confusion, anger, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainity, disappointment and loss. Trying to understand why so many people take their own lives is hard. But then trying to understand why anyone kills themselves isn’t easy. There are again a variety of other reasons why people end their lives prematurely and often very violently.

Suicide is a word that many people like to avoid. Everyday, families around the world lose someone close to them due to suicide. Unfortunately, for some, this thought process is a daily battle that the society as equal human beings cannot neglect any longer. But what one can do is broaden the prevention of suicide around us, because one life saved, is one less life lost and the most prominent way as we, an individual can do is to reduce the tragic risk of suicide by setting up more and more organizations and programs to spread awareness and also by giving proper parenting regarding suicide which will definitely help.

I come here to the question that’s been haunting me since i started working on this article: Why are so many people killing themselves? I believe that human beings are the greatest of all creatures on the Earth. As humans, it is true that we all must die one day. But the way we die also matters and as such suicide would be a grave in our society because it would endanger the weak and marginalised in society and it also violates human dignity. Well, the suicide debate is still in its infancy, with the ultimate outcome very much in doubt. One thing is clear, suicide is likely to be significant source of societal contention for many years to come. 

Suicide is an occurence that is preventable. It is time we fight against it; tell the world that suicide is not an answer to life’s problem and sufferings. “Knowledge is power. If we seek the truth, it can give us the freedom to choose and make appropriate decisions.”

Naomi Phom,

M.A Philosophy,

St. Joseph University, Dimapur

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