Originally Posted by missing
The general perception that suicide is "wrong" only comes from OTHER PEOPLE, not any higher spiritual entity. There are myriad things that would explain this, but I believe it all comes down to the basic fact that people are alive, thus it must be "good". It's simple self interest. Seeing others kill themselves is an affront to this idea; that it's better to be alive than dead. It's easier to stick with denial than to change deep seeded beliefs. So rather than question what makes people prefer death to life, people just revert to incessant shaming towards the whole practice of ending ones life (irregardless of circumstance). There is no greater social motivator than shame. Most people would rather die than experience too much of it. Talk about a negative feedback loop!
This is a very interesting point, and one that I'd never really givin much thought to. It's true that most of us have been conditioned to believe that suicide is just not right, and somehow upsets a natural balance or order. I'm pretty sure that I learned as a child that taking one's own life was a certain way to not get to heaven. I could look at a teenage suicide and feel that it was a terrible waste by someone who was being short-sighted, because I truly value my life. But I can't really sit in judgement because I haven't known that kind of profound despair. With regards to lessons and karma, whose to say that the person who commits suicide isn't fulfilling that in some way. Maybe they are providing
a lesson about love or forgiveness for someone who they've left behind...