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No one should be treated like they’re the property of anyone else but suicidal individuals are

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.

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It’s up to you if you want to be cruel to me. That’s your freedom. That’s your right. That’s clearly your choice. But I am free to choose my death if you are free to be cruel to me. That’s my freedom. That’s my right. It’s clearly my choice. 

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. 

Liberty and death: the protection from cruelty 

A key principle of a good suicide system is the recognition of the bare cruelty of forcing anyone to endure unbearable suffering. This is a keystone of my views about the legalisation of assisted suicide and the right to die.

There are people who don’t see things as black and white as I do but the creation of more human rights is all about the line between the light and the dark.

For example there’s an existing right of freedom from torture. This applies to war criminals who have killed thousands of people in genocide and prisoners of war who would otherwise be tortured for essential information. Of course this protection is breached but the protection is a line drawn against the unconquerable evil which is inherent to the human race. The protection is created the part of the human race who stand for the light and not the convenient evil. 

Thus I know that there will eventually be a right for individuals to choose their death whenever it is possible. This is the recognition of the inalienable freedoms of life apply to personal choices about suicide. It’s also a natural progression from the convenient cruelty which is rife in the modern medicalised suicide system and away from the evil tyranny which is ruled by doctors. 

I believe that the right to die should exist now but there is too much cruelty. Politicians are especially cruel and have voted to keep the mercy of assisted suicide illegal. They like so many people prefer a convenient lie to the truth.

It’s the hardest rights which are the most important. Except for those who’ve had the fight for their rights already won. It’s a shame those who have the hard rights which were achieved in previous generations don’t fight for the hard right now. The hard right now is the one which lets me die a good death today.

Don’t torture me. Kill me.

Don’t torture me

Why does more need to be said about the cruelty which keeps assisted suicide criminalised? 

Let me explain.

We all know torture is unacceptable. But what does torture have to do with assisted suicide? 

Torture is, after all, the deliberate infliction of extreme suffering. It’s more than that though. Torture works by creating a state of desperation in the victim. It achieved what it’s designed to do by making the victim so desperate to end their suffering by any means necessary. Torture is designed to make the victim want to die to get what the torturers want.

Obviously the suicidal feelings suffered by civilians are not caused deliberately. The pain which causes the suicidal feelings is almost always less than what torturers in the military do to their victims. However the mental state of total desperation and willingness to do anything to end their pain is what unites victims of intentional torture and their suicidal civilian counterparts. 

The state of desperation to end their unbearable suffering is a terrible mental state. Even though the pain is much less for civilians than victims of torture used in war the personal suffering is universally extreme when it causes the willingness to die to end the suffering. 

This is the mental state of unbearable suffering. Torturers use it to get what they want in war. Civilians aren’t deliberately made suicidal but they experience the same mental state of unbearable suffering. That’s why suicidal civilians choose to die because they’re willing to do anything to end their unbearable suffering. 

Whether it’s intentional or unintentional I believe this state of desperation which causes suicidal feelings is unacceptable however this isn’t the target of this blog post. It’s what happens next which is unacceptable. 

Kill me

Torturers can’t have mercy. They can’t kill their victim till they get what they want. They depend on creating the state of desperation where their victim will do anything to end their suffering. This is truly what torture is. It’s about forcing the victim to endure unbearable suffering. 

The criminalisation of assisted suicide and the NHS zero suicides target are the same sort of evil. Suicidal individuals are suffering so much or will suffer too much in their future. They don’t want to endure unbearable suffering and that’s why they want to die. Suicidal feelings are the response of a rational mind who doesn’t want to live in unbearable suffering. 

The criminalisation of assisted suicide and the NHS zero suicides target are designed to force suicidal individuals to endure unbearable personal suffering. This is what’s in common with what the torturers in the military do. They force their victims to endure unbearable suffering and they can’t show any mercy.

They can’t ever help their victims to die a good death. They force their victims to suffer unbearable suffering instead of demonstrating an iota of mercy.

Forcing people to endure unbearable suffering is torture and it happens everyday in civilian life as long as assisted suicide is criminalised. 

The NHS zero suicides target is designed by people who think all people can bear all suffering no matter what. it is an objective which doesn’t care that everyone has a limit to what they can endure.

Can you suffer endlessly? it’s a simple question but it’s important to know the truth. can you endure all forms of suffering no matter how severe or do you have a limit to what you can tolerate? 

The answer is simple. everyone has a limit to what they can endure. it’s important to recognise this. it’s important because it’s why suicidal individuals become suicidal. suicide is the natural human response to pain beyond an individual’s capability to endure. 

It’s important because for centuries there’s existed a false belief which purports that misery is an illness and mentally ill people lack the mental competence to choose to die. this false belief is what psychiatry is founded upon.

It’s important to recognise the difference between the convenient lie and the truth about suicide for lots of reasons. What’s important to me and what this blog is focused is how the truth applies to assisted suicide and the right to choose one’s death.

Beyond an individual’s capability to endure extreme personal suffering there’s a terrible mental state. it’s a state of pain which is tantamount to torture because it’s the state of pain that professional torturers in the military aim to create to get what they want. 

In fact professional torturers need to do something other than make their victims want to die. they also deny them death. Obviously the suffering of civilians isn’t as awful as what professional torturers create but the awful mental state is the same. 

There are human rights laws against the use of torture because torture is recognised  as an unacceptable form of intentionally inflicted pain even in war. human rights laws decree that torture is too evil to be allowed because of the extreme suffering used.

I’m reminded of the torture the Christian religion did to schizophrenics. it was acceptable at the time to torture people who would be diagnosed with schizophrenia in modern times. of course such torture would be unacceptable but the evil still goes on. 5% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia succeed in killing themselves but many times more want to die but fail to kill themselves. 

Why do so many schizophrenics want to die? the psychiatric answer is that it’s because their brain is malfunctioning. I’m a schizophrenic so I know the truth. life is shit for people like me. we suffer far more than others. the disability is crippling  and quality of life is very poor. we want to die because our lives are full of unbearable pain. our limit for suffering is much more frequently surpassed and there’s nothing that anyone can do to stop the sources of suffering. 

In fact disabled people in general suffer beyond the individual’s limit which is why so many disabled people want to die. There’s always the option of mental health treatment but this fails so there’s no other way to end their suffering other than suicide. 

This is the tragedy and the social model of disability puts the blame on society. it’s a maladapted which fails disabled people and non disabled people. it is a society which expects all people to endure all manner of suffering. it the leaders of society who do not recognise and respect the fact that everyone has a limit to the suffering they can endure and treatment can fail.

Forcing people to live turns the tragedy into torture. just like professional torturers do. a zero suicide target is cruel and it doesn’t acknowledge the truth about personal suffering.