June 12, 2013
Suicide Club: Solution?
The other day I went to go watch the play Sherlock Holmes and The Adventures of the Suicide Club. The play was about this one club that accepted people that were on the verge of committing suicide. Contrary to popular belief, the club didn’t try to stop them from committing suicide, they actually aided…well, sort of. Basically, the point of the game is to help people die, not through suicide, but homicide. In the play every night, the members would each pick out a ball out of a hat and whomever got the little red ball would be the one being killed that night, and the one that picked the black ball would be that person’s killer. The entire tale was fiction, of course, but it definitely started a whole new thought process in my head.
When I was heading back home, just jamming to my music, I started to ask myself what if a club like that actually existed in our current society. Would it even be possible? And how ethical would a club like that even be? As I continued to ponder this in my head, the idea started to take shape.
Not that I agree with suicide, but it does take a lot of thought to allow someone else take your life. In a sense, a club like that would bring the opportunity for people to know when they were about to die, maybe not how but, at least knowing that they are about to murdered, they would then have a once in a lifetime chance (hahaha) to go around to all their loved ones and give them the fair wells that most people wish they could have when a loved one dies. In a club such as the suicide club, the members would also get a chance to settle, once and for all, any unfinished business they have accumulated over their life span.
On the other hand however, the question of justice must be brought up. If said club were to exist, would the killers be pardoned since the club members have signed a waiver? It would make sense to me if they did, but I don’t think the family members would take it kindly if a random person killed their love one, regardless of how much that person wanted to die, or how painless the killer made their departure into the ever black seas of death.
Whether ethical or not, I believe that a suicide club might actually help people more than hurt them. Let’s face it; people are going to commit suicide regardless. As of right now, the rate of suicide in America is an average of eleven suicides per 100,000. According to the Census Bureau’s estimate, the population will be 312,780,968 this year. If we take these numbers into consideration we can estimate around 344,000 deaths from suicide. If those people actually got a chance to say their farewells, it might be a little easier for their family members. Having a suicide club wouldn’t stop suicides, but I do feel it would make it a bit easier for their loved ones to get some closure. I don’t know; it’s just a thought.
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