Life! How do I view it? How do I live life? Does life hold a meaning to me? Just why do I live?
But why, despite all, have I gained this boldness to quit living and take my own life? These are questions typical of a suicidal, although he does not know how to answer them, but his subconscious feeds him lies at the complex emotional point that weaken the life force out of him, making him totally weak until he pushes the SUICIDE BUTTON, and takes his own life.
Today, we live in a world where Suicide becomes an ESCAPE to the momentary unpleasantness of life, and this begs the question, why are suicide cases on the rise? Can we ever understand why these ‘deaths by the self’ occur? Does unhappiness make life meaningless? Does finding happiness make life worth living? If it does, can one ever find happiness in a gruesomely wicked world and avoid such ill ideas of contemplating suicide? Or perhaps, the world is not as wicked as it seems, and we are only constantly feeding ourselves with images of ugly and we forget how beautiful life could be.
But why do I think the questions above are important to us? Should the suicidal take a minute to brood over them and consider carefully the context? Yes, yes. To do so, we give ourselves the opportunity to examine carefully what it is exactly we ought to know on why life, despite all the obstacles and stumbling blocks, is worth giving a shot. As a final leg to the questions posed above, we must begin this examination with what we already know about suicide.
WHAT THE SUICIDE FIGURES SHOW
By the World Health Organization’s calculations published 2016, about one person in every 5000-15000 dies by suicide every year. In a more adjusted study, WHO re-thinks suicide rates by shockingly breaking the discovery that in every 40 seconds across countries, people are not only thinking suicide, but also taking their own lives, and that the absolute deaths per year has risen to 800,000 mortality. Another recent study published that the absolute number of suicide deaths increased by 6.7%, from 762,000 to 817, 000 annually. By a further breakdown, the rates in 2016 suggested that 16 suicide cases per 100, 000 men, and 7 deaths by 100, 000 women was recorded. But we know these statistics and figures are largely inaccurate for many technicalities, low reportage, dark figures and many other associated problems. Of this same contraption, the WHO puts Nigeria at the top league of African countries sick with suicide at a definite ratio of 53:47 of 8,410 and 9,300 female and males respectively in 2016. These figures are depressingly heartbreaking, therefore placing suicide in a position among several 1000 ways to die in the fore top 20. By this mere fact, the truth remains that suicide is an emerging killing machine, and that more people in that past decade have taken their own lives.
Because these figures are as high, to understand suicide and proffer prevention strategies thus remains a top priority. However, what is not entirely known is how to institutionalize this practice of control.
WHAT WE LEARNED
First, we understand suicide to be the mistaken (though arguably put in the terms of the willful) taking of one’s own life. It is mistaken because it is not based on rationality and because suicide is in response to purely environmental and social stimuli strong enough to arouse a serious volume of psychologically pure, deep and ‘dark negative emotions’ upon which the suicide move is initiated. In most cases then, suicide would seem as a natural response to such stimulating social stimuli. By making this statement, I mean, where there is a significant change in the social, environmental conditions strong enough to be perceived as unpalatable and unpleasant, there is a complex interplay of heightened emotions which cloud the mind of the suicidal, thereby robbing the suicidal the ability to make clear rational decisions, upon which he/she eventually takes his/her own life. In other words, the suicidal takes his own life because he forgets life has beauty in it, and due to his irrationality, considers life meaningless. While the triggering social/environmental conditions upon which the heightened emotions set in may be relatively mild or insufficient to an observer, fact remains that it is at this very peak of heightened emotion, where life becomes meaningless, obscure, and uncertain in the eyes of the suicidal that the suicide victim finds the automatic counterintuitive courage to complete the suicidal act.
In a general preference to the process of the suicide completion, where suicide becomes inevitable without early intervention is not at beginning of the suicide process, where an action in social reality or interaction has happened to the suicide victim who initially is at a moderate emotional state, or a significant occurrence that has the same effect on the suicide victim, but at the internalization stage where the suicidal (now at a steadily rising emotional state) processes the events he/she experienced at the interaction stage which proceeds until it reaches maturity or a typical heightened emotional state upon which the suicidal act acts as an ESCAPE. In other words, the suicidal thinks suicide as an escape to all his unhappiness, but forgets that each time he considers suicide, he becomes weak and forgets that life gets better if he let it, and this justifies the irrationality of suicidal attempts.
Without prejudice to the already established order above, particularly that why this article has been written, to stir up everyone naturally predisposed to suicidal conditions a form of thinking that SUICIDE/OR ESCAPE is not the way to GO, but to give life a chance is.
TO GIVE LIFE A CHANCE is to hold dearly the sanctity of life. It is a message of hope, courage, strength and valour and all of the executive virtues there are. It’s the message we hold true when life’s perils and all the unpleasantness of life seem to engulf us at the same time and when we think SUICIDE serves as the ESCAPE from them all. It’s the belief we hold steadfast and true that each time we are down, depressed and weak in emotions from all the troubles and pain we find ourselves, but with a little of patience and calmness, we always emerge strong and we find the will to forge ahead.
When we consider all the statistics on suicide rates in Nigeria and on a global scale, we forget to interpret that of over the billions population in the world, and of only the 800, 000 persons we know of that ever committed suicide per year, more than an estimated 800, 000000 do actually consider suicide as an ESCAPE, but fewer ever commit the act. It thus suggests that one reason which explains why we do not record as high as 800, 000000 suicide cases remains THE UNMISTAKEN CHOICE many people make TO GIVE LIFE A CHANCE.
We write this article because we believe we all deserve the right to enjoy life to the fullest. We write this article because we want people to learn how to successfully manage social and environmental realities. We write this article because we want to fully learn to understand and manage heightened emotions, find happiness and behold life through the lenses of beauty. We write because we belief the best in every man out there and appeal that you look into yourself, and into life, breath in life, smell its sweet fragrance and flourish in the unmistaken choice to live life to the fullest, giving life a chance. We want you to consider your heart, look at friendship, love, nature, and beauty and ask yourself this very question:
Do I not deserve the best for myself?
Do I not deserve to see life through?
Should the things happening around me condition how I feel and what beauty life holds?
Do I not deserve to be happy?
Do I not deserve to live life to the fullest?
Each time you ponder over these questions, and you feel sublime, do not be lost in it. Wheel yourself to the one true answer you should find; LIFE IS WORTH LIVING and it is this understanding that gives us hope that a time comes when we understand why life remains so important.