A Calculated Departure

“Can it ever be rational — or defensible — for a sane and healthy person to kill himself or herself? Medical ethicists, clinicians and experts in suicide find themselves at odds on the matter.” Suicidologists consider it axiomatic that suicidal people are desperate to live and that covert depression or at least cognitive rigidity contributed to even an apparently ‘rational’ suicide. Moralists are more willing to accept that suicide can be a rational choice, but consider it a moral failing in instances where it does not arise from a mental disorder. —Washington Post In essence, faced with the essential mystery of suicide, does everyone want to rationalize it in the terms of their own realm of expertise?