Suicide is defined as, “the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.” When we hear this term, we associate it with a person that believes all options have been exhausted leaving only one remaining path left to follow. The method chosen to end one’s life is usually quick. Spouses, children, extended family members and friends are often left trying to understand why such an act was carried out. They often wonder if there was something more they could have done to prevent this tragic outcome.
This is the same thought that goes through my mind every day. What have I missed? Why is my message not clear? What else can I offer to get people to understand and prevent the massive “suicidal genocide” that’s taking place throughout the world? It doesn’t discriminate. All races, ethnic groups and socioeconomic classes participate. It is so prevalent, it has become a normal standard to die by.
“The act of taking one’s own life voluntarily” by neglecting the essential components needed to survive and thrive meets the criteria for defining suicide. The definition is NOT BASED ON A TIME FRAME. It is based on willingly, knowingly and voluntarily committing an act that ends one’s life prematurely.
Based on this new understanding of the definition of suicide, are we not guilty of committing this unfortunate act by willfully avoiding activities necessary for healthy function while simultaneously starving the body of necessary nutrition and poisoning it by intentionally ingesting toxic and carcinogenic substances? Are we not “taking our own lives voluntarily” even if this is not our conscious intention?
We must begin viewing our lives from a new mindset. Our current lifestyles have placed our lives on the final path; the same path that traditional victims of suicide follow. Our only difference is time frame. Rather than ending a life quickly with as little pain as possible, we have chosen to kill ourselves more slowly inflicting disease and degenerative damage that gradually robs us of quality living. This is the most dangerous form of suicide because we are blinded to its existence. Our need to satiate our desires outweighs our rational thinking. If we don’t correct this course by accepting this truth, the final path will lead to a suicidal outcome (by definition.)
I care more about people and their well being than many care about themselves. I don’t have the right to tell people how to live their lives, but I do have the right to open people’s minds to the truth and show them a reality they may face if they follow their current path. For over 20 years I’ve heard people respond to my recommendations with the phrase, “I know, I know.” Many of these people were patients that have died since. It is not enough to “know.” I have seen enough death as a result of poor lifestyle choices for a lifetime. I hope this message resonates deep within your heart and mind to provide courage and strength to change course, NOW, before it is too late. “Knowing” you need to change is not enough.