Cross-posted from The Leading Edge Blog, by Brendan Malone.
You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I posted a short video commentary on Life TV about how despair, a threat more deadly than either ISIS or Ebola, was about to claim another high profile victim in the form of US woman Brittany Manyard (pictured above), who had publicly vowed to kill herself because of her illness.
Sadly it seems that this hopeless declaration has come to is tragic fruition with the breaking news out of the US that Manyard has now committed suicide.
There is literally no other way to describe this act other than as a senseless tragedy.
Despite all the spin that assisted-suicide advocates will try and sell us in the coming days, the idea that any suicide is ever dignified, or that its victims ever maintain control over their actions is pure illusion.
People don’t kill themselves because they want to control their moment of death – they kill themselves because they fall prey to despair and the deception that death is the only possible solution left open to them.
To talk of this as a ‘choice’, in a situation where someone believes that there is literally no other choice but suicide, is an absolute absurdity.
To make matters worse, the news of Brittany Manyard’s suicide had barely hit the newswires when pro assisted-suicde activists had begun making heinous ideological milage out of her death.
Just consider this statement from Sean Crowley:
“[Manyard] is educating a whole new generation on this issue. She is the most natural spokesperson I have ever heard in my life. The clarity of her message is amazing. She is getting people to consider this issue who haven’t thought of it before. She’s a teacher by trade and, she’s teaching the world.”
So suicide is now something that the world needs to be educated to consider a good and glamorous thing?
Sadly we can expect more of this sort of mindless endorsement of suicide over the coming days, yet the simple fact remains that Brittany Manyard’s death was not a moment of autonomy, control and dignity, it was a tragic act of desperation motivated by fear.
The lesson we need to learn form this is not ‘how can we make it easier for more people to kill themselves like Manyard did’, but; ‘what can we do to prevent this sort of tragedy from claiming the lives of other members of our community?’
The truly human response to suicide is not celebration, but commiseration, and any organisation or individual trying to tell us otherwise is the purveyor of a dangerous and harmful ideology that needs to be avoided at all costs.