In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
David Carson <***@neosoft.com> wrote:
Post by David Carson
People sometimes engage in self-destructive, reckless behavior without
making a deliberate decision to end their lives, but it ends up that way.
Perhaps they miscalculate the risk, or they've done similar things so many
times, they forget there is a risk, or deceive themselves into thinking it
doesn't apply to them. "I know what I'm doing." It happens a lot.
What I got from this article is that the coroner and the daughter are
saying that Kidder deliberately overdosed because she wanted to die. I
seems to be disagreeing with the coroner and the daughter for reasons that
are unstated - but I don't think the fact that she overdosed proves in and
of itself that it wasn't an accident.
The operative question here is: Does it matter? (or: Who cares?)
Obviously, objectively, it doesn't matter. But as long as we live in a
regressive society where it *does* matter - both in terms of the survivors
social standing and in terms of the legal implications - then people will
expend effort to get the ruling they want. As a total aside, it reminds me
of the money people spend to get church annulments; total waste of
time/money/effort, but it happens.
There are many instances in the various forms of fiction and storytelling,
where people go to great lengths to make a suicide look like an accident,
so as to avoid both the social stigma and the legal consequences of a
judgment of suicide.
Again, in a well-educated, secular, society, this nonsense wouldn't exist,
but we're not there yet. But make no mistake, in the days when the Church
ran society, there was a *lot* at stake.
Post by David Carson
To put it another way, a guy comes up to a railroad crossing. The train is
bearing down, the lights are flashing, the bells are blaring, and the
barriers are falling, but the guy tries to beat the train. If the train
hits him, unless he meant to get hit, it's still an accident.
Suppose a guy plays Russian Roulette. If he does it once, just once, and
dies (unlucky, but sometimes those 16% shots come in), you might say it was
an accident. But suppose the guy plays it regularly. Eventually (and
eventually may not be very long), he's gonna die. Would you really
consider this an accident? No. If a guy is playing RR on a regular basis,
he probably (at some level) wants to die (or has some serious mental issues).
I think the same is true of people who routinely abuse drugs and alcohol.
They must know that, sooner or later, there number is going to be up.
And, mind you, if you think I'm being snotty, read the previous part of
this post. I don't think there's anything wrong with it.
P.S. This same stuff happened when Dana Plato died. There was a big
hulabaloo them about "Was it suicide or was it an accident?". My opinion
then as now was "It was suicide. So what?"
"Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS
crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in
TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in
bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither."