In the human body a cell that has lost its usefulness, that is, it is unable to carry out the function it was created for, will nullify itself through a process called ‘apoptosis.’ The term, also known as cell death occurs when the cell no longer serves a critical function in the organism. Similarly, when a man or woman lives a life void of his or her intended purpose, they will pursue a path of self-nullification known as suicide.
Taking this into account, the only surprising thing on suicide is that it surprises us at all. We live in a society that bombards us with ways to stay updated and simultaneously astray. When the mainstream becomes the sole source of education on who we are and what we are intended for, a spiritually empty culture is formed. When we cannot find our purpose of living, we lose our drive to persevere through the lulls and challenges of daily living. Our objective should then be to diligently seek that purpose which resides deeply within (not without) all of mankind.
When it has crossed a man’s mind to put an end to his own existence, he should be aware that three things eagerly press him. 1) He hopes to escape his feelings; 2) He hopes to escape his circumstances; and 3) He hopes to escape himself. “Suicidal” can then be perceived for its true meaning: a call for a person to change and recreate themselves. When we hear someone say the grievous words “I want to die”, they are expressing an intense plea for a new reality. Unfortunately, many have misperceived this sign as a want to end their physical lives. Our feelings of despair can serve as the point where we make the decision to leave the old self behind and embark on a journey towards living a deeper and more meaningful life.
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Is it really possible to make meaning out of every moment? Some people may say that their lives are characterized by a general sense of design and meaning but to say our daily occurrences and experiences are filled with purpose may seem like a spiritual ideal-an inspirational quote at best. If life contains order and perfect design, why are our daily routines lacking purpose? The problem lies in distorted roles. We have become infatuated with our stance on receiving and have neglected the natural life sustaining approach of bestowal. At every turn of our waking hours we are bombarded by someone or something attempting to sell us a product that will provide gratification. As a result, this has increasingly become our default mode in which our innate drive to give and love altruistically has withered under the illusion of ‘receiving equals fulfillment.’ The obsession to have is a subtle addiction producing apathy and indifference towards others. Many times than not, the cause of depression and anxiety stems from an existential crisis where purpose is lacking and the individual finds no meaning. Once the distorted belief that attaining ‘things’ is broken (switching mindset from receiving to giving) and the individual begins living a life of service in which love, elevation, and healing is bestowed on to others, the meaning of one’s purpose is drastically enhanced.
We spend too much time attempting to create more light amidst darkness. Instead, we should work to dispel the darkness to give way to the abundant light that is already there.
I’m convinced in the end we’ll find that helplessness was nothing more than a symptom of a spiritually invigorated life curtailed.