I’m thinking about a very simple statement. It’s almost childishly simple.
It’s my life and it’s my death
I’m thinking about saying this in my next set of comments to the government. I’m thinking it won’t be appreciated for the truth that it is.
In my previous comments I tried to explain the nature of torture and how there’s a similarity in the aims of keeping assisted suicide illegal. Both involve the act of forcing their victims to endure unbearable suffering and both have no mercy when it comes to giving their victims the death they desperately want because their victims don’t want to endure unbearable suffering.
It didn’t work so I’m thinking of taking a different approach to explaining the egregious nature of the criminalisation of assisted suicide. It’s the personal freedom perspective and ultimately the human rights perspective.
The medicalised suicide system doesn’t care about human rights. In fact it takes them away from their victims. The government supports this tyranny against personal freedoms which is why assisted suicide remains criminalised in this God forsaken country.
Instead of leading with the words “it’s my life and it’s my death” I thought I’d make a comparison with the nature of the tyranny over suicidal individuals and liken it to the tyranny of slavery.
Slavery is something which is already well-recognised as a form of human evil. I define slavery as making people into possessions. Slaves are the property of the slave owner. It is a terrible injustice and a terrible evil but when it was legal a lot of people couldn’t understand that it was an evil injustice.
In the same way suicidal individuals are treated like property and theyre owned by doctors. Doctors use force to make suicidal individuals do what they want. They imprison them and force treatment on them. These powers are guaranteed by the instruments of the medico-legal framework, mainly the Mental Health Act.
Suicidal individuals are stripped of their freedom and rights to force them to keep on living. This is purported to be done in the name of care but it is pure cruelty. It is a lesser evil than slavery but it is an evil like slavery because suicidal individuals are treated like they’re the property of doctors, not free men.
The government’s continued criminalisation of assisted suicide is part of this tyranny over free men. It’s designed to remove a suicidal individual’s right to choose a good death to stop them choosing their death at all. Theres been a lot of work to reduce the availability and put barriers up to suicidal individuals accessing good suicide methods which makes the legalisation of assisted suicide even more important.
The politicians and the doctors are thus the new slave owners in this modern form of slavery. The modern tyranny of evil over suicidal individuals is as unacceptable as the tyranny of slavery. It takes away choice and freedom to achieve what the slave owners want for their suicidal slaves.
The way suicidal individuals are treated is different from slaves because the slavery of suicidal individuals forces them to endure unbearable suffering. The tyranny is also done by the most respected profession so the nature of the evil done is disguised as care.
It’s the tyranny of ‘doctor knows best’ and it’s all the more evil because the evil is done by the most respected profession. I think that’s why the politicians who voted against the legalisation of assisted suicide for terminally ill people voted without a conscience. They respect doctors to know what’s best.
I look forward to my death and I have done for a long time. Because the human race is free to be cruel to me suicide is good.
Let me use prejudice and stigma. If you need to force me to live then you are evil.
There is so much cruelty in the modern medicalised suicide system. It’s hard to perceive because it’s done by the profession which has the highest esteem of any profession.
The injustices are done by doctors so it’s harder to see that there are injustices. After all, people trust doctors to always do the right thing. I call this the privilege of the medical profession.
The cruelty of medical imprisonment is a key example. Be it in a prison or a psychiatric prison the punishment of imprisonment is the same. It is a punishment done to the worst criminals but it’s also done to suicidal individuals.
In the criminal justice system there is a high standard of jurisprudence because the potential for cruelty and injustices is recognised. There are lots of checks and balances which, for example, protect the innocent from punishment.
There are virtually no checks and balances to prevent the cruelty and injustices done by psychiatrists. This is because of the privilege of the medical profession.
This is why the medical profession can’t be part of the suicide system. They are respected as agents of good but they’ve demonstrated that they’re not. The powers they use are derived from a lie which is the biomedical model of mental illness. This is the idea that certain mental differences are caused by a brain defect.
It’s always worth considering the importance of the demedicalisation of homosexuals which happened in the latter half of the 20th century. This didn’t happen because of any new psychiatric science and if it hadn’t then modern psychiatrists would be researching potential brain differences in homosexuals. The demedicalisation happened because of a shift in social and cultural norms.
Most importantly, there was no admonition of the psychiatric profession for the cruelty and injustices they’ve done to homosexuals over the last few centuries. There was no punishment for the profession which had done things like imprison homosexuals and there was no consideration given to the potential that other injustices are still being done by psychiatrists.
The privilege of the medical profession shielded the cruelty and injustice. The profession got away with it and the public didn’t question the injustices which for centuries were done to homosexuals by psychiatrists.
Thus the profession continues to be a tyranny of evil but is still respected by the public and patients. But it is a tyranny of evil which must end.
Here’s some notes on my response to the Department of cruelty to suicidal individuals. Obviously it’s meaningless to you if you don’t know what they said.
Some of the things you said are positive but my misery makes me think critically. I hope you aren’t disturbed by the lack of appreciation of the positive things you’ve said because the only positive thing you could say to me is, “I’m sorry for what we’ve done to you. I’m sorry you’ve had to wait so long for our mercy. We will help you die today.” From the government, from the medical profession and from the people.
“suicide is preventable” – but how? Voluntarily only
All suicide is preventable. No. Consider the man with locked in syndrome. Consider me and my wretched existence. There must be mercy.
Unbearable suffering should be prevented rather than the act of suicide. It is unconscionable to force anyone to endure unbeatable suffering. This is the critical change in mentality required to create a humane suicide system from the Ashes of the medicalised suicide system because the medicalised modern suicide is cruel and evil.
Preventing suicidal ideation is critical. Modern society is built upon the premise that all people can endure all psychological suffering and harms. This simply isn’t true. Everyone has a limit beyond which their will to live is destroyed and death becomes a better option to living and enduring unbearable suffering.
Parity of esteem. A metaphor not a truth. A fad and fashion which grew from the legislation in America. It’s not necessary and it’s too close to the lie which is the biomedical model of mental illness. I’m not interested in fads. I’m interested in what stands the test of time.
The improvement in access to psychological therapies didn’t require parity of esteem. IAPT was introduced well before parity of esteem and when it was CBT was considered to be equivalent to a plaster. Improved access to wise therapists is important but it’s nothing to be proud of achieving. It’s basic for suicidal individuals to voluntarily access wise therapists but it’s not the be all and end all. The key is wise therapists and this is most important.
I could make a comparison to the treatment of animals but it doesn’t mean that humans are animals.
I have no respect for the attempt to reduce the completed suicide rate except by reducing the rate of suicidal ideation. This should be the main target and the rapid resolution of suicidal feelings once they occur.
The lowering of the successful suicide rate is an egregious error which is about reducing the risk of success, not the suffering. I’ve wanted to die for a very long time and as a man I know that the best way is to jump in front of a truck. I shouldn’t need to have to do this to die.
Mental health and well being with respect to the Mental Health Prevention Concordat is focused on treating individuals.. Am I right? The focus is not to address the cruelty and heartlessness which is abundant in modern society and culture.
One option in terms of treatment of individuals is suicide education to prepare people for the first time they find themselves wanting to die. But it must be honest and not inform of just the anti suicide position. Any education must be fair to both sides.
Non medical prevention strategy sounds like what I’m talking about. Let me briefly talk about my personal experience. I’ve wanted to die on most days of the last fifteen years. There have been times I wasn’t suicidal but this isn’t a source of hope or credibility of the suicide system. In the last decade there’s been a scant few months I’ve not been suicidal and I don’t know why I had those months. What stands out is the sheer volume of time I’ve been suffering unbearable suffering. This is the measure which matters most to me. You should have killed me because so much terrible suffering is too much to force even your worst enemy to endure. The system which forced me to endure so much suffering is my enemy.
This personal experience is what leads me to believe in the precious value of assisted suicide but I also believe that if the mentality to legalise assisted suicide had prevailed before I was born then I’d never have needed it. The anti unbearable suffering principles would have saved me without using force and though the option of assisted suicide would have already been available I’d never have needed it.
That’s the impossible dream. Assisted suicide is legal but most people don’t need to use it until they’re near the end of their life.
In my life a path was taken which led to a lot of unbearable suffering. The path not taken would have been taken if the people, the public and the suicide profession knew this: unbearable suffering is not OK.
What’s happened to me is a crime but there’s no justice for me. Nothing but what assisted suicide provides.
What’s the right research and how can it be done.
Since you mentioned it I’ll talk about early intervention of psychosis. Psychosis can be a terrible experience or a magical one. It can be a chaotic experience or a useful sensory tool. It is a deeply personal experience which no one should dictate.