Re: is suicide a final act of bravery or cowardice?
Is committing suicide the same when it is done by someone who can no longer stand the pain of a terminal illness or someone who straps a bunch of explosives on his or her body and tries to kill off innocent people? There are people who are suffering with physical pain or psychological pain that is so intense and there often to seems that this pain will never get better. Should this person continue to live in this extreme pain if he or she can longer tolerate the pain?
Sharon Salzberg, world-renowned mindfulness leader, teaches meditation at Big Think Edge.
- Sharon Salzberg teaches mindfulness meditation for Big Think Edge.
The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
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