Kurt Cobain. Robin Williams. Chester Bennington. All three men followed different paths throughout their lives, but ultimately had similar endings. These men all tragically took their lives – they did not commit suicide.
Referring to the act of taking one’s own life as ‘committing’ is incorrect. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word commit as a pledge or bind to a certain course or policy. When an individual kills himself or herself, they are not pledging to anything. They simply want the hopelessness to disappear.
By looking at the tragic end to Robin Williams’s life, we were able to finally witness the true emotions experienced by the comedic legend. To many, Williams seemed like a genuinely happy person whose bright personality shown through with every character he portrayed.
Kurt Cobain and Chester Bennington were musicians who brought joy to the lives of their fans. They both did so much to enrich those around them, but sadly some will not remember who they were as people. These remarkable individuals will forever be remembered by some as people who took their own life – placing a black mark on their history.
Oftentimes, people who are struggling tend to settle for the short-term solution, the only option they see fit – taking their own life. The only way for me to feasibly explain depression is by describing it as a constant uphill battle, with each attempt at reaching the top ultimately ending in yet another slip up.
With that, I want to challenge people to be cautious and think before referring to this act as ‘committing suicide.’ There is too much negative connotation associated with the aforementioned phrase. Alternatives such as ‘died by’ or ‘attempted’ convey more positivity and acceptance. It is important that the loved ones of those who take their own lives do not feel as if they did something bad or wrong, but rather understand the reasoning behind the actions.
Suicide is not a crime. Victims of suicide just want their difficulties to go away. Every life deserves dignity and respect, even those that ended prematurely.
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