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Is "saves" really the right word here?

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When someone makes a very serious suicide attempt, like jumping from heights, should we be glad when that person is . . . “saved”? Is that a “miracle”?

From that cultural pillar, USATODAY:

Dodge Charger, or a miracle, saves man from suicide attempt

The New York Daily News says 22-year-old Thomas Magill jumped 39 stories from a West Side apartment building, and ended up landing in the back of a red 2008 Dodge Charger. He broke both of his legs and is in critical condition, but survived the fall.

Some witnesses laud the car he fell on for saving his life. Some say it’s a miracle from God. But is it even a good thing?

Often, people who make very serious suicide attempts and are “rescued” say they are glad. Their incomes tend to go up, too. But this is at great cost to autonomy. Perhaps the would-be suicide will wake up and give the culturally appropriate response: “I’m so glad to be alive; I never wanted to die.” (N.B.: if he wants to get out of the hospital, this would be advisable.) Perhaps he will wake up and curse God and demand to be allowed to die (the dignified route, but the one that will keep you hospitalized).

Regardless, it’s nothing but cruel to this poor guy to praise Jesus (or a Dodge Charger) for “saving” him. People who do not want their lives should be free to discard them, without having to break their fucking legs in the process.

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Written by Sister Y

September 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

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  1. I've had a lot of suicidal friends growing up and I would actually support them in their decision if they truly felt it was the right choice.

    Brandi Hutchinson

    September 4, 2010 at 4:01 am


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