Okay, fair warning, I came up with this idea while VERY high a little while ago. So sorry if what I'm writing sounds really crazy, but I just want to post my feelings and thoughts. This isn't a totally new argument, but it's not well known or accepted, and I've been thinking about this a lot. I want to take a stab at changing the perspective by which people view suicide; mostly because people rarely feel that it is justified. I assert that suicide is justified biologically. A few important points to consider: 1. Suicide happens A LOT (1 million victims a year world wide), and an even greater unknown number where the deaths aren't labeled suicides due to social/religious/family honor concerns. We know that depression occurs in large percentages of the population (10-20%). I can only assume that suicidal ideation happens on a similarly massive scale in tandem with depression. 2. Common things trigger suicidal ideation in humans: -Social rejection and romantic rejection; as well as financial and academic failure. -Social isolation and the lack of friends, family, romantic relationships and social support. -The lack of self-esteem and self worth. -Hopelessness about the individual's future. -General lack of enjoyment of day-to-day life. -Depression. 3. Depression occurs as either a result of similar circumstances mentioned above, or simply clinical depression/bipolar/other mental illness. 4. Depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide happen to people of all races, nationalities, creeds, religions, socio-economic levels, and to people in all geographic locations. It is a global phenomenon. We here on this forum have an intimate understanding of suicide. So, we know that it is something that HAPPENS to people, not something they simply choose to do. The hypothesis I would assert now is that suicide is an event that occurs that is "biologically correct" or, is in a way, a "biological goal" or "imperative". There are a number of reasons for this: 1. Suicide removes "less perfect" humans from the population; I.E.: people with clinical depression and other illnesses (both mental and physical), and people who generally do not "fit" into society/civilization and the sub groups within it for whatever reason. This ends up removing less ideal genes from the gene pool. 2. Suicide "saves" the particular individual from continuing to experience pain. 3. Humans naturally begin considering suicide in states of failure, isolation and depression. In other words, the brain initiates chemical processes that stop inhibiting human self destructive behavior and forces suicidal thoughts into the individuals mind. 4. From my own personal experience: when I feel suicidal, I often feel as though it is the right thing to do, that I was meant to do it, and that it is my only option. Many people with similar experiences would probably agree on those feelings. 5. Some depressed/suicidal people are born with, or develop whats referred to as "suicide brain". A brain whose architecture is inherently predisposed to depression and suicidal behavior. This fundamental difference in brain architecture can be caused by birth defect, childhood trauma (sexual, physical abuse, etc), the general environment the individual grew up in, or simply genetics. ( http://www.livescience.com/health/080506-suicide-epigenetics.html ) I think too many people view suicide as something that cowards do to take the easy way out. But, people who have been depressed/suicidal know that suicide is something that occurs when certain criteria are met. Barring honorable sepuku, suicide bombings/attacks, suicide for religious reasons, and suicide as a means of protest of course. What I'm basically trying to say is that, while sad and tragic, suicide victims are essentially contributing to a large, species-wide biological goal of evolving and perfecting the human race. Sorry that was so long. lol But what do you guys think?