Even if I don't take my own life, I still have to consider that, someday, I will die. There is nothing that can be done to prevent that eventuality. We all eventually die. Our bodies are doomed to give out someday and cease to function. I don't believe in any afterlife either, so once we're dead, it's all over. I expect to have absolutely no consciousness, no awareness - nothing. Just as I had no consciousness or awareness before I was born. I can actually accept this idea. No heaven or hell. No reward for living a good life, nor any punishment for living a bad life. Everybody, no matter who they are, ends up going to the same place in the end: Oblivion. To believe otherwise would be illogical, since there is no scientific evidence to prove the existence of any kind of "afterlife" (ghost stories and fairy tales notwithstanding). I am 48 years old. Considering that average male life expectancy is 75.6 years in the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy), this would mean that I have 27.6 years left on this Earth. In my case, it would probably be less, since I'm a smoker and single. So, in other words, approximately 2/3 of my life is already over. Based on what I have experienced in the previous 48 years, I see no particular reason why things will ever change in my life. I don't see how I can be of any productive use for society in the years to come. I don't see how I will ever find anything fulfilling or gratifying in life. I suppose it might be different if I had children, grandchildren or some kind of wealthy retirement to look forward to, but it's too late for me. I can feel the signs of age creeping up. My teeth are rotting, but I can't afford to get them fixed. Aches and pains over exerting myself - something that I never had to worry about before. It's all downhill from here. There is absolutely nothing in my life to look forward to, even if I decide to continue living it. There is no help for me. I've never asked for help from the government before, and I'm not about to start now. I would be doing my country a favor if I ended my life now, because I would be saving the taxpayers money. From that standpoint, it would be my civic duty to commit suicide. The economy is in a shambles. All I would be doing is taking up space and/or taking a job that someone else might need. In the meantime, my body will start to fail more and more. I'll be more and more dependent on whatever marginal healthcare is available, even if I do happen to be lucky enough to get health insurance where the premiums won't put me deeper in the hole. I will not be dependent upon others. I've always had to rely upon myself, because there was never anyone else to help. But I can see that, in the years to come, my ability to rely upon myself will be diminished. The best case scenario, if I choose to go on living, will be a broken, destitute, and forgotten man, languishing in some nursing home or other such institution. "Warehoused" as nothing more than a testament to this country's fervent commitment to the "value of human life." That's a lie. I've seen these places. That's no kind of life for anyone. What is the point of going through all these extra years of pain and misery when the end is going to be the same no matter what? Where is the logic to doing something like that? In 100 years, is it really going to matter that much?