Constructing suicide as a momentary loss of reason is vitally important to the suicide-prevention movement because it suggests that men and women who have attempted self-murder should be allowed to shrug off social stigmas. If suicidal instincts are just momentary delusions, they are easily explained and dismissed. The suicide-prevention movement fears that if suicide is deemed the rational product of someone’s mind, we may feel justified in suspecting that mind forever. — The economics of suicide. - Slate Magazine
People in a different economic class aren’t just basically you, in a different zip code, with crappier stuff. “Imagine all the stuff I have is smaller and crappier and I live in a bad neighborhood” isn’t going to cut it. — 4 Reasons Humans Will Never Understand Each Other | Cracked.com
…I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and to share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigating pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain. —
Audre Lorde (1934–1992), African American lesbian author and feminist. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 8, by Claudia Tate (1985).
Lorde had recently survived a bout with breast cancer, the disease that would kill her seven years later.
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At a certain stage of life, aggressive medical treatment can become sanctioned torture. When a case such as this comes along, nurses, physicians and therapists sometimes feel conflicted and immoral. We’ve committed ourselves to relieving suffering, not causing it. A retired nurse once wrote to me: “I am so glad I don’t have to hurt old people any more. — Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes - The Washington Post
My dad did something similar. He also took me aside and asked if there was anything I wanted to know about “it”. I said no and he told me one rule, “No babies”. — Liar_tuck comments on Parents of Reddit: What secrets do you know about your teenager that they don’t know you know?