Since Henry Rollins (2.13.61) wrote about his incomprehension of Robin Williams' suicide, got heavily bashed and (had to) write an apology now I thought about the question if there’s a right to kill yourself.
This morning Andy linked an article by Brendan O’Neill which brought me to a conclusion.
The saddest thing to me about this tragedy actually isn’t the suicide itself but the loss to depression. Because - in my humble opinion - it’s an illness which comes from the mind and wears it out at the same time. A vicious circle that drags you down step by step. It’s takes you out of reality, it shifts the focus from what I call the ‘balance of life’ towards a more and more darker impression of your environment. Even if a depressed person goes to therapy, (mental) hospitals or gets medical treatment the person has to face a battle against its own self-projected uselessness and the feeling of being a negative burden to its social entourage.
But it’s a battle a person can win. And has to.
Nonetheless it’s important to remind that the longer the depression is either undetected or hidden by addictions (like alcoholism) the more it also affects the reason and sanity.
And here’s a point where things turn upside down:
I think that Williams’ decision to commit suicide might be a logical one. It isn’t logical, yes, I know that. But that’s not the point. As I said it’s an illness which blurs your reason and may makes illogical points logical. If the alternatives diminish how to get out of this mess he might saw himself as long-time burden and a person dying in never-ending pain. Because he could afford himself enough treatment to survive. But it’s been his mind which brought him down, not his body.
Nonetheless I have to agree with O’Neill and Rollins in quoting one of my favourite songs from Tragedy: ‘Suicide’s not an option’.
You not only kill yourself but others as well.’s