Humanism & Individual Sovereignty
I went off on a rant about humanism and individual sovereignty.
- On September 14th, 2013, around midnight, NYPD officers fired wildly at an apparently crazy man, but instead of getting him they hit two innocent bystanders instead.
- Remarkably, this led me into a so-called "debate" with one of the gun control folks on Twitter. We went back and forth for awhile, and she brought up suicides and data on total deaths. I responded with the following:
- She said that suicide does count because it involves guns, but it's not the same thing as violent crime because it doesn't use force against another individual, which I duly noted.
- Then, the person I'm "debating" with has the audacity to pull this shit:
- Naturally, I explode, and my rant begins:
- I want to reiterate that I am not a fan of suicide, I do not encourage suicide, and I feel for everyone who has lost a friend or a loved one to suicide. I still feel an emptiness seven years after my best friend killed himself, and if I could take care of all the problems that lead people to choose suicide, I would. That still doesn't change the fact that, ultimately, one's life is one's own, and that people do choose suicide, and if we're to treat people as autonomous individual, we do in the end have to respect that choice, as awful as it may be. Again, I think it's terrible, but life is like that. You have to accept/deal with some really awful things. Life is not roses and peaches. If you're going to be honest, you going to have to take some salt with your sugar.
- Apparently that makes me an evil bastard. Well, so be it.