bi_janus Posted September 25, 2012 Report Share Posted September 25, 2012 I have been often enough misunderstood that I feel obligated to short-circuit some reflexive knee-jerking. The following is not a paean to suicide, quite the opposite. The poem comes from an internal struggle about whether or not refusing treatment might be considered suicidal or weak. The struggle isn't about what others might think, but about my own uncertainty given that I reject suicide as a solution to any problem. As well, I want to be clear that I intend no insensitivity to those affected by suicide. If the subject seems painful to you, pass on before reading the verse. Metaphysics of Suicide Bi Janus for Abe Sensei The oncologist glares. I’d like to fire you; refusing treatment is craven and suicidal, says he. No, I tell him -- your equality is in error. Suicide itself, an error born of misperception that the rest of painful life is more than fleeting, that its own end is distant though it comes the next instant no matter what one does, though not an unforgivable error. But, my way kills your hope, not mine. Quote Link to comment
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