"In the numerous depressed and suicidal people that I have personally come into
contact with ... they have all had one main thing in common ... no personal
faith in God which gives them no hope of things improving, no power greater than
themselves, no life purpose, no reason to continue or try harder, no one that
really understands or can help. The reality is that the only person responsible
for suicide is the one who did the deed. Blame cannot be placed on anyone or
anything else- that is simply a defense mechanism trying to point the finger at
anyone other than the one who died so needlessly."
*boggle* It's hard to believe that something as complicated as suicide could be reduced to being an issue of belief in a deity or faith in a religion. Yet...here it is. My first instinct was to reply and say, "Well...if you know a sufficient number of suicides to be able to have a sample size large enough to make generalizations, then maybe you ought to examine what the heck you're doing to prevent their suicides?!" The comment (quoted above) really pissed me off because, I'm going to assume that, a majority of people who commit suicide are actually religious. Why do I assume that? Well... because, demographically, theists are more prevalent than atheists. So, we would expect, in a random sample of suicides, to find that the decedent was a theist. This is yet another example of how, in order to keep religion/faith looking pristine, believers will put all of the negative reflections of religion into a category wherein it is, somehow, above association. You know...like, "Pedophile priests aren't living by Christian standards, so they're not really Christian and can't be used against Christianity." or "Real Christians don't have abortions." The Catholic Church has a nifty way of avoiding a high suicide demographic, since: if you commit suicide, you are no longer in communion with the Church and therefore aren't counted in the roles. An easy way to have a group avoid blame or responsibility is to make it so their behaviors automatically disqualify them from the faith/religion. An example: A good Christian would never bomb a federal building with hundreds of innocent men, women, and children inside...therefore, the fact that Timothy McVeigh was a self-professed Christian doesn't count.
The quote above sickens me and pisses me off because it's dangerous. Dangerously stupid!
For one, if belief in a deity or faith/religion was all that was needed to help severely depressed and desperate people, then you'd think we'd see less attempts at suicide. I do concede that people who commit suicide often seem to have reached a point of helplessness and despair...but, that's not the same thing as having a lack of belief in a deity or spirituality. Think of all of the people who request physician assisted suicide! Are all of those people accepting of death because they have tossed their faith under a bus? Or, are they people who've accepted that death would end their pain and the suffering of their family/friends?
This argument/quote pisses me off. What kind of arrogant asshat would, in someones time of grief or in the midst of a national epidemic, make such a bullshit comment? I believe it's the same sort of person who would say, "All patriots support the war in Iraq!" or "The soldiers who are unhappy must have pre-existing mental problems." And,...I wasn't wrong. As this same person also said this:
"Yet, I contend there is no way of proving these same people did not have
problems before the military- it was just the pressure that made their problems
How the fuck is this something to feel reassured about? Basically, this person is saying that our military isn't conducting thorough enough evaluations and sending people with a tendency to be depressed or anxious into a war zone with a weapon! If someone who suffers immense depression under pressure, I would argue that they should not be allowed to serve in the military.
She also says:
"People hide things, lie, and generally try to fake their way in and then there
are also those that simply do not know they have issues."
Ahhhhh... the Christian tradition of blaming the victim. Because, eighteen year old boys and girls, entering into the military are manipulative and psychologically savvy enough to "fake their way in"? Right.
*sigh* Such bullshit...