1. The action that I chose for this exercise is Suicide. I consider this action to be neutral. I base this claim from my own reasoning and from information that I’ve read or heard from other people. It isn’t exactly right, since the person that commits suicide does die, and the repercussions of suicide will also affect the loved ones of the person who committed it. However, I believe that suicide is not wrong, since based on what I’ve read in the past, most people who commit suicide suffer from depression, and depression is a medically recognized, diagnosable psychological illness, so, if we condemn people who commit suicide due to depression, then using the same moral reasoning, we should also condemn people who pass away because of cancer, or some other fatal disease. But we don’t, since it’s not really their fault, their death is caused by their condition. Because of this, I don’t believe that suicide is wrong, but it also isn’t right.
Acts are considered sinful if it causes serious harm, has adequate knowledge, and adequate freedom. Using this criteria, people who commit suicide due to depression aren’t committing sin, since I believe that the do not have adequate freedom since they can’t really help it or control themselves. However, people who commit suicide just for the heck of it, or because of some crazy reason like a ritual or something are, in my opinion, committing a sin.
Based on my answers here, I am a moral rationalist, since I believe that we should look at both the act of suicide itself, and the context of why this certain person committed suicide to determine whether or not it was morally right or wrong.
First of all, why do you want to commit suicide? I think that you should first think about what your intentions are and what you hope to achieve by committing suicide. If it is to avoid pain, or to run away from your problems, then I think that you should reconsider your decision to do this.There are people whom you can approach to ask for help or counseling. I don’t really know why you’re considering suicide, and to you it may seem like it makes sense to kill yourself, but I hope that you’d think about it more, and consider both your feelings, and your reason before you make a decision. I can’t force you to not commit suicide, but just by asking me for advice shows that you’re still unsure whether this is the right decision or not, and when you’re uncertain about things like these, especially since it concerns your life, then I think that it’s better to assume that it is wrong to commit suicide, and just wait it out and see what happens. I hope that you make the best decision, and remember that it is normal to be confused about these kinds of things. Good bye!