THE PHILOSOPHY OF SUICIDE. .

THE PHILOSOPHY OF SUICIDE. .

THE PHILOSOPHY OF SUICIDE.
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A student recently hanged himself. He was a student of the department of Agric Economics in UNN. The picture of his dangling body sent shock waves across.
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While a tiny minority paused to ponder, an intimidating majority threw the young man over the coals. Their loud argument is that suicide is absolutely unjustifiable. To them, a man who takes his own life must have first been a thorough victim of moral poverty.
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Decrying suicide is an ancient attitude of mankind. The world has always been unwilling to put in good words for those who decided to end it all.
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Ipuwer was an Egyptian thinker. He is reputed as the world’s first social philosopher. He was unsparingly assailed when he asserted that suicide is a good means of eradicating human misery. Ipuwer was immediately dragged to the cleaners. He was derided as an abject coward for daring to suggest that man lacks sufficient rectitude to surmount harsh odds. Understandably, Ipuwer has a low albeit inglorious place in the history of thought.
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But Ipuwer’s harshest critics are scholars who didn’t study the period within which Ipuwer lived and thought. They also did not glean his dark and gloomy poetry. That would have been a window into his troubled world. They only took his view and rushed to the rooftop with it.
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The historical truth is that Ipuwer witnessed one of the most depressing epoch in history. He beheld the plagues rained on Egypt when the king of that country refused to let Israel go. Their cattle perished in quantum leaps. Their first borns were numberlessly smitten. An army of unquantifiable locusts swept across Egypt, undressing her of her green garment. Hail fell upon the land and left unspeakable ruin. Lamentations and wailings became the official language of Egypt. This story is backed by incontestable pieces of archaeological evidence.
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Ipuwer was a beholder of these horrific tidings. Darkly, they pervaded his perception. He became an incurable nihilist, renouncing hope and embracing pessimism as the sole instrument for gauging life.
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Ipuwers still live among us. They have suffered all the seven plagues of Egypt. They are those who shed secret and heartburning tears in the night. They groan unheard. We do not know of their existence because we live in a world where everybody paddles their own canoe. Only a few care a fig about their next door neighbor.
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No one can authoritatively say what pushed that young man to the extreme. The reasons we have so far are hearsay and speculative. Most of them are tall and unlikely. Some said that he borrowed a huge sum with which he gambled and lost. A story in nairaland has it that he invested in a ponzi scheme which crumbled shortly after. Others alleged that cut-throats were gunning for him.
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The young man knew why he couldn’t continue to hang in there. His reason was close to his heart. He wore the shoes and knew where they pinched.
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Everybody is fighting a battle they said. No one disagrees with that. The world is no bowel of cherries. But battles are not equal. Some are fighting inter tribal wars while others are waging international wars. Others, however, are waging world wars.
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Plato wrote that men brave suicide not out of cowardice but to evade some ills. Sometimes when the storms gather thick, it becomes wiser to use the earth’s exit door.

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