DEBATE ON SUICIDE: A Flashpoint On Stoicism

DEBATE ON SUICIDE: A Flashpoint On Stoicism

It's been quite a while I stood on this media street flooded with persons of diverse psychological, philosophical, religious and political perspective about life in it's entirety. But have we ever asked ourselves why we don't reason the same and see things the way we propose everyone should do? The difference is immensely viewed by persons suffering from series of psychological crisis that often thinks they can't change the narrative and sees suicide as an option. The truth here is; We're all victims of emotional breakdown, self blame, the feelings of being neglected and inferior complex but here are facts about STOICISM as an antidote to THE DEBATE ON HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY.


STOICISM is a school of philosophy which emphasized reason as a means of understanding the natural state of things, as a  means of freeing oneself from emotional distress.

In a more concise explication, it means a real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness.

Permit me to lay emphasis from the jaws of DONALD J. ROBERTSON;
"Stoicism is fundamentally a philosophical worldview with a specific set of ethical values. These values are the basis of a whole range of psychological practices designed to help us flourish and, in the process, become more emotionally resilient and less easily upset by events in life."


Before we could phantom what it means by feeling indifferent, have we asked ourselves the root cause of the high rate of suicidal cases in Africa and particularly, Nigeria? If no, then here lies the truth;

The problem here is we've allowed our emotions beclouded our judgement about life, we've allowed pleasure and pain gain dominance over whom we really think we are and forgetting that the cosmic is controlled by forces that changes in relative to time. If I may ask, what are the forces?

The forces most times brings us good fortune and bad fortune but the ability to resist the influence of both circumstance, be it good or bad is what makes you a STOIC.

When we attribute joblessness, relationship or  marriage breakups, family background, poverty etc.  which is presumed to be bad or evil to be our faults; we suffer from psychological crisis like Neurosis or the worst case, Psychosis which are all symptoms of depression.  Most times triggers us in voluntarily taking our own life.

In as much as  we must learn how to fight our pains, our failures, the neglects, inferior complex etc. We must equally learn how to fight the intoxication that comes with those pleasurable events that comes our way and feel indifferent to pain or pleasure.

Stoics learn to accept what befalls them, in this sense. They don’t complain about things. They just make the best of the situation and get on with their lives. I think the best way to understand the essence of Stoic ethics is that it’s about striking a balance between two apparently competing states of mind.

I will like to draw an axiom from WILLIAMS SHAKESPEARE and I quote;

“What’s beyond remedy is beyond regret.”

As an aside, those of you who have heard of the Serenity Prayer made famous by Alcoholics Anonymous will spot that it’s saying virtually the same thing:

"God, give me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference."

So the central idea behind Stoic philosophy is that virtue is the only true good and everything else is relatively indifferent, in the sense that it’s not worth getting upset about things that aren’t up to us.

All of these are goes a long way in giving us the impetus to lord over our feelings and never see SUICIDE as an end to your pains because the defeat is not yours alone but it is to your loved ones that they couldn't fight for you against that which is unseen, unpredictable, and inevitable but hear me today, if only we could absorb STOICISM; we'll live a life winning all our fears and doubts.

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