We have an obligation to live life out.
Biology and theology shout that we must live. It is the obligation and impulse of all who draw breath to draw another breath, to play out the string and walk the path fate lays out.
It is not always easy, it is not always pleasant. It can sometimes be torturously difficult. But it is always our duty.
We are here to learn and serve, and opportunities to do both extend to the very end of our life.
In the reality of mortality, and our graceful departure from it, is a last obligation to teach – particularly for parents.
We teach our children from the first days of their lives, and we continue to teach them with the last days of our lives. We have the obligation to teach our children how to live, and we also have the obligation to teach them how to die.
Because they, like we, will have to pass this way, through mortality’s portal of terror, and they will follow our lead.
And if we meet our death with grace, courage, gratitude and faith, if we can be of good cheer even as we pass into death, we will strengthen our children for their eventual passage into that same place. We will help comfort them in their time of trial, even if it comes decades after we are gone.
On the other hand, if our example is a bad one – if we recoil in fear and sorrow – all we can expect is for their own passing to be similarly miserable. And what a disservice we will have done them.
Worst of all, we can jump off a bridge.
We can deceive them about where the finish line is and how we’re supposed to get there. We can teach them hopelessness and selfishness, to quit in the face of fear and uncertainty. To throw the last portion of their life away because they wrongly think it is too hard for them.
That is not nature, that is narcissism.
re: Tony Scott Had Inoperable Brain Cancer. Yeesh. (84 comments)
The truth always hurts. The man was a coward.
Shhhhhh. That’s a bad opinion to have around here. Dontcha know the guy is a saint now because he offed himself in front of a bunch of people.
Suicide is cruel, selfish and wrong. It is not romantic, it is not justified, it is insane. And it is to be privately mourned, not publicly recounted.
Fuck all of you idiots who ragged me yesterday. I’m done with this place.
I’m sure his twin sons are super proud of their dad.
Here’s a critical thought. He could have offed himself alone, in his house. He needed an audience, so he jumped off a bridge in front of people. Selfish, ego-driven prick.
I’m surprised he didn’t set up a film crew.
I know you left wing types love your semantics, but a soldier’s death isn’t considered suicide. I stand by what I said. Suicide is a cowards way out and there is no positive way to spin that otherwise. His family will always have that hanging over their heads. As far as I’m concerned, he died a selfish prick.
There is a huge difference between dying in battle and parking your Prius on the side of the road and jumping off a bridge in front of a bunch of people because you’re ill.
re: So Lea Michele Knows The Do Something Awards Are For Kids, Right? (27 comments)
Some kid will jack off to this, so her job is done.
Suicide is a selfish way to go. There really is no way to put a positive spin on it.