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March 28, 2007


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You are right

Suicide is not a Taoist option, either.

In Taoism , if you ever feel the urge to kill yourself, it means you are working against your nature. A Taoist solution is never suicide, it's simply to walk or toss away from the problem which is forcing you not to be yourself.

The real problem of course is when social pressure: forces one to stay on the path of self destruction...

Suicide is a social issue... which is strange as so many Westerners think suicide is a personal issue, and blame the person committing the suicide rather than the society itself which places a person in the position of seemingly no resolution of other than death ... go figure.

According to Confucius, it is not filial to commit suicide whether you are a Junzi, lady or a teenager. Who would take care of your parents when you have left the world?

I tend to see suicide as a mix between social and personal issues. I think that in every suicide case, there are elements that you just can't blame on society. However, in the case of China, I would tend to weigh the societal component heavier than the personal. The mistake is in attaching such enormous importance to a purely formal process such as passing the entrance examinations, which is depicted as the only gateway to a better future. Not succeeding immediately tags you as a looser and failure, and does not take into account whether the expectation was set realistically or not, quota issues etc ... My wife failed the exams, yet her personality has allowed her to thrive in her own modest way. If Chinese students realise that it is what you are that matters and not what you are perceived to be, suicide ratings are sure to drop.

Substance abuse, anorexia, and gang violence are only a few examples of how our own youth choose death rather than face an unwelcoming world unrealistic about their placement in it.


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