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I Choose to Live! [Sep. 29th, 2008|08:56 pm]
ENC 1101 - Fall 2008
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[norrelrich]

Can you imagine dying from such excruciating pain where your organs rapture and all your bones break from landing in water at 75mph in 3.5 seconds coming from 197 foot? That’s what has happened 127 times at the Skyway since it opened in April 1987, the St. Petersburg Times article reported in 2003. I don’t understand why someone would want to die in such a painful way. Most people say that suicide is a way of being at peace and an escape from pain then why get that escape by committing suicide in one of the most painful ways imaginable? The TBT reported that most people who survived jumping from the Skyway Bridge stated that they regretted jumping right before hitting the water. I’m sure they did, as I’m sure I would if I was driving drunk and I got pulled over, I would regret drinking right as the sirens went on. So that’s why I don’t do it. And I don’t mean to be insensitive to someone else’s pain or troubles but my concern is what could be so bad to not only think but go through an attempt to end your own life and why in such a terrible way? This is not just suicide, it is torture. Take Gina Rae as an example, who was the last person to attempt suicide on the Skyway and guess what? She survived! WOW! Now, according to the TBT, she suffers from back pain and face lacerations. So now my question is, is there going to be another attempt or will she be thankful for another chance at life and thank God for saving her?!

Feel free to share your opinions.

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From: dsmith125
2008-10-03 03:03 am (UTC)
I totally agree. However, I do believe everybody is different and submit to pressures in different ways. Personally one of my favorite lyrics of all time is by Kanye West, saying, "when you feel like living is harder than dying, for me giving up is way harder than trying." Nothing could ever rationalize an option such as suicide, but that's solely for me. It hurts me to see people make that choice, but there's no telling the weight of a suicide victim's heart.

All that aside, do you think death is painful? Just a question I want your opinion on. To me I don't think that it would be, unless it was a prolonging pain that leads to death. I guess it's an unsure answer until it actually happens, but then would it matter?

Anyways, I think that it is ironic that the people say they "regret" jumping simply because it didn't work. Do they truly regret jumping or regret miscalculating the jump? Of course one would regret making a decision that produces an undesired outcome, like your analogy of the drunk driver. There is no doubt they would regret driving drunk if they're caught, but do you think they regret driving drunk if they made it home safely? Regret is a strange philosophy that questions one's integrity.
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From: norrelrich
2008-10-03 04:18 am (UTC)
Death? I do not imagine that it would be either but like you said, depending on the cause, the pain that leads to death may be. Which is why I do not understand the need to use the Skyway Bridge, which I am sure must be quite painful. I think death may feel somewhat like being unconscious. I've fainted before and do not remember anything from the time I fainted until I woke up. I also think the choices we've made and how we have lived our lives does impact whether we go peacefully or not. I do however, believe in some sort of life after death and reincarnation (but maybe that's another blog...ha-ha).
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From: dsmith125
2008-10-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
I think we are the only ones that comment back on here, haha. I love it. Anyways, I think what I was trying to say was that I don't think death is painful unless slow and agonizing; So would it matter the method you choose? Jumping from a height, if done correctly, would mean certain quick death. It wouldn't be slow, like a disease,cancer, or something. At least as I see it. I think jumping would be like a point blank gun shot, because it's instant. So more or less, if the moment of death feels like unconsciousness, and you say you don't remember feeling anything but only afterward, would someone who dies instantly because of the impact the water had on their body, not necessarily the act of falling, feel anything? Who knows? I don't know for certain. This is one of those questions that probably will never be answered.

Actually, ironically enough, about a week ago I saw on article on yahoo about scientists studying "how death feels" and out of body experiences - are they similar? I can try and find it for you if you want.
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From: norrelrich
2008-10-04 05:41 am (UTC)
Ha-ha. Thanks, I would appreciate that. I guess the end result would be the same if it worked but how do we know it was a quick? I imagine even falling at 75mph in 3.5 seconds may feel like a very long time to the person jumping. I too, sometimes wonder what death is like but I do not want to experience myself, at least not yet. I don't know when my time is but if I had a choice I would prefer someone else telling me(lol).
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