The Coward’s Way Out?

13621878593_376deba192_zSuicide has little if nothing to do with cowardice. In fact, some might tell you that it is only cowardice which has kept them alive. It is just as hard for a depressed person to kill themselves as it is for a so-called “happy” person to do it. It goes against every fiber of their being. A true coward could never go through with it.

Name-calling does not help. Most people cannot understand the mind of a clinically depressed person. We’ve all experience sorrow, in our lives. The loss of a loved one, for example, fills normal people with a deep and bitter sadness. Yet this is not true depression. It may be a trigger, but it is nothing like the hopeless debilitating despair which clinically depressed people feel on a daily basis. It is like someone who has burned a finger saying they know what it is like to be on fire. And yet, no one calls a burning man a coward for jumping off a bridge. At least once in our lives, we have all probably held our breaths to the point of desperation. Can we say that we know what it is like to drown? Hardly. And yet, no one calls a drowning man a coward for finally succumbing to sheer exhaustion and letting the waves overtake him. Why do we call someone a coward whose mental anguish is so much greater than these that they would actually prefer to be in their shoes? It is wholly unfair.

Before you ever call a person a “coward” for taking their own life, first consider exactly how much pain, mental anguish and excruciatingly hopeless despair you would have to be in to do the same. Unimaginable? If so, that is exactly why you should refrain from disparaging those less fortunate regarding matters you can not understand.

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