It's been said before that suicide is a form of natural selection for the human species. The idea is that humans born lacking certain genes that ensure survival in current society will be perceived as 'weak' by the dominant majority through social interactions. Others may be compelled to bully and target these 'weaker' specimens by human nature, perhaps largely unaware that their attacks are serving a greater purpose. The 'weak' individuals begin self-destructive behavior after recognizing their own genetic flaws. Suicide could be thought of as human nature telling us to remove ourselves from the world in an effort to avoid adding flawed traits to the gene pool through reproduction. This could be part of the explanation as to why criminal behavior (which often starts with bullying) can still manifest in some people naturally even when their social environments were healthy and they weren't abused as children. Now, I'm not necessarily saying I believe any of this, though it's a discussion I'm interested in. In fact, as many on this board already know I'm a huge supporter of improving social environments, so this thread is my attempt to 'go against the grain' a bit and expand perspectives in the whole "nature vs. nurture" debate. I want to be clear that I'm not advocating suicide. I'm just trying to look at this concept in objective terms for the sake of scientific discussion. I want to look at both genetic and environmental causes for suicide and other destructive behavior. Natural selection is not necessarily a positive or negative action either, it's simply a pattern that seems to occur to help a species flourish. I hope this topic can be discussed maturely and objectively, especially given the purposes of our forum. I encourage all perspectives, so feel free to give your honest feedback on these ideas. Include any references that are important to your viewpoints if you'd like.