Suicide

With the death of Robin Williams, there has been a lot of talk about suicide and prevention. And I wonder if we humans have it all backwards.  It is ironic that we tell women that they have the right to do what they want with their bodies; therefore, abortion should be legal and should not require the baby’s father’s consent.  We want to legalize marijuana and many other illegal drugs basically under the same premise: my life, my body, stop dictating how we should live.

Well, how about if we stop dictating how we should die.  Why is suicide necessarily linked to depression or despair.  In most cases, it probably is.  But that’s most likely due to the fact that we have stigmatized death and suicides.  We human act as if death is somehow avoidable.  Death is inevitable.  We have no control on whether we are born or not; but once here we should have control on our deaths.

Robin Williams was in his 60’s; had already accomplished probably everything that he wanted to accomplish in life:  he had a successful career, wife, children and was loved by many,  He now was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and he had relapsed into his addiction.  Suicide was probably a very rational decision by him.  Probably not one made by desperation or depression,  but by a realistic view of his life.  He wanted to leave this life on top while his success was still palpable.  Realistically speaking a cure for Parkinson’s is not around the corner.  At 63 and with his organs probably in bad shape because of alcohol/drug abuse, he weighed his future quality of life.  He probably did not want to see himself deteriorate to the point that he wished he were dead but would not be able to do anything about it.  After all, we are all going to die sooner or later.  So why not die sooner before living became intolerable and insufferable.  Before others wished you were dead because you had become a burden.

If we are encouraged to control our lives, why not be encouraged to control our deaths.  To have a say as to when and how we die?  Don’t get me wrong.  I think life should be lived to the fullest.  Carpe Diem if you will. I don’t think that the decision to kill oneself should be taken lightly.  If you’re young, healthy and with so much potential still ahead of you, please don’t jump off a building because your partner broke up with you or you lost your job or had any other disappointment.  But if you already have lived a full life, and your life will only spin downward, and you choose to die, you should be allowed to do so.  Settle your affairs, tie up all lose ends. Plan and pay for your funeral.  Be part of celebrating your life by choosing when and how to end it.  Have a “going-away” party while you still can.  Forgive all those you need to forgive and let everything go.  Live and die on your terms.

Are We Experiments from “God”

After reading this article, I started thinking about the Bible and how it says we were made in God’s image.  And I started wondering, who is God.  What if God was really some scientist in another world who was experimenting in creating life in a lab.  Just like we do.  What if all these thousands of years we’ve been worshiping a human, so to speak, not unlike ourselves. A living being who lives and dies.  That would burst a lot of people’s bubble.  After all, Jesus did say, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12 New International Version).  So if we can do even greater things, we can potentially create life without a man and a woman having intercourse.  After all, that’s how Jesus supposedly was made.  

What if years from now, we humans have discovered that life is possible in another planet; but getting there is not exactly feasible.  But what if we create lifeforms here, put it in a spaceship to land over there and let life begin there.  Potentially since this life form is clueless, we would be assisting from here in feeding them and basically taking care of their needs for a while.  Then those life forms, being primitive and what not would think that Earth is actually heaven, and we are angels with a supreme leader being God, their God.

Then of course, Earth being the “peaceful” place that it is, would have wars and dispute on who is to control this life in this other planet.  And the God who made it all possible gets all pissy and in order to secure his power tells these new life form that they would have no other God before them and if they do, they will be punished mercilessly and then goes out to carry his promise when they disobey.

Fast forward a little more, Earthlings go into another world war, essentially killing all life on Earth, and the new humans in that far away planet never hear again from God or his angels and just keep praying hoping that someday, they’ll make contact again.

Gee, I wonder….