Thefirst con of choosing suicide is that one leaves his family friendsand loved one devastated by his departure. Normally, every family issad and goes into mourning when someone in the family dies. However,this pain and mourning turns into devastation when the death is as aresult of suicide. As Lester and Rogers explain, this is becausesomeone taking his or her own life goes against the variousexpectations and teachings of various religions, laws and socialnorms. As a result, news as a result of suicide are always certain tobe received as a shock(Lester & Rogers, 2013).This shock lasts for a long time and when finally, family membersaccept it, they are left with numerous questions that often lead tothem blaming themselves such as, “were we not loving and orsupportive enough?” in fact, some family members never reallyrecover from death resulting from suicide from a family member.
Maybe,it’s due to the fact that most of the suicide methods are violentand as a result, there is a level of terror associated with the deathof the victim. For example, death comes violently in suicide casesinvolving hanging, jumping and plunging to death, gunshot amongothers. The way that death comes upon a person is important in theway that their family members, friends and relatives remember them(Werth, 2013).Some go into depression and others go into drug use and dependence(Bernett, 2008).It’s due to this reason that terrorism is feared more than smokingand obesity simply because death comes upon the victim suddenly andviolently. This psychological angle is what makes terrorists so muchfeared and they use it to arm-twist governments because of the terrorthat comes with the death they cause. In other words, is not easy tomake peace with it for those who are left behind.
Secondly,there is the aspect of the lost opportunity cost. Economists preferto look at one activity as being the opportunity cost of another. Forexample, when one has money and buys a car, the opportunity costcould be going on a vacation or building a house or a host of manyother things one could have invested the money in. In the case ofsuicide, terminating one’s life means suffering from a loss of manyother opportunity costs. For example, one could have turned out to bean important communal or family figure who would have been lookedupon for various social, economic and political benefits(Springer, Rubin, & Beevers, 2011).Choosing suicide means that those expectations die with the personand the expectations of the family and the society die with him. Theworld would have missed on the input of many world figures if theyhad chosen to end their lives before reaching their full potential.
Closelyrelated to this point is that maybe death is worse than life. Maybein dying, one does not find peace that he could not get in this life.Death is the end of life as we know it. That in itself is scaryenough. Most religious beliefs teach that there is life after deathand with that comes reward or punishment of the soul according tothings that one does when alive. If that is the case, then it wouldmean that there might be no peace after death and one is left tosuffer still after devastating their family and not reaching theirfull potential.
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