During the reading of some of my Sociological articles (most specifically those authored by Emile Durkheim), I began thinking of a moral quandary. What is a valid reason (as atheists) to prevent suicide?
Christians believe in some type of hell or another; thus eternal torture. Pagans believe in reincarnation; thus the return to the state the suicidal is attempting to leave.
What compelling reason do Atheists give to the suicidal to prevent this act? Do we believe there is nothing to prevent it? Is it considered o.k. to do it? Do we offer the suicidal the weapon of choice and politely say, “What’s stopping you?”
As a budding psychologist/ sociologist, and as a member of society, I am truly curious.
Please, don’t call the local authorities or put me on 24 hour watch- this is purely educational. I have no intention or desire to take my own life.
In advance: thank you for your input.