RIP Tony Bourdain: Suicide, Addiction and Us
Suicide is a disease, like cancer. Someone killing themselves due to depression is no more selfish than a body that has succumbed to cancer. It's a surrender to the call of death. Think of it as a form of demonic possession, an organic dysfunction, not a rational choice. Our loving God (and the institutional church) forgive suicide, the person is not in their right mind. We cannot judge what God forgives. We cannot fathom the suffering, self hatred and contempt---the conviction that a child, a spouse, the world is better off without us. The person is trapped in a disease that cuts them off from reality, as cancer cuts a body off from the good cells.it's a soul sickness, like active addiction.