14 May 2019
I am writing to ask for your support for legalizing suicide, including assisted suicide, in Virginia. Currently, suicide is a common-law felony in Virginia, and § 8.01-622.1 establishes civil penalties for assisted suicide.
As our society’s culture degenerates, more and more individuals find themselves socially isolated, lacking in purpose, and contemplating suicide as a response to their situation. The breakdown of the family unit, as reflected by the high rates of divorce, inceldom (among men) and spinsterhood (among women), leaves people without intimacy, love, and the other comforts and joys of family life.
People turn to social media as a way of alleviating the sense of loneliness, but find that the validation and praise (i.e. “likes”) they receive are superficial and/or fake, with interactions consisting mostly of a competition to use selfies and humblebrags to present a false image of having a good life. True friendship, where people allow themselves to be genuine and vulnerable with one another, tends to be lacking in such venues; yet people continue to be drawn to Facebook, Instagram, etc. because attention-seeking is all they have, in an increasingly fragmented society where institutions such as the church, which once fostered a sense of belonging and common mission, values, and community, are in decline.
White people in particular have a high suicide rate, which may be linked to the fact that their race is expected to respect the cultures of all other peoples, but is not allowed to celebrate a sense of pride in its own accomplishments, which are taken for granted by society as a whole, with the credit increasingly being shifted to others whose contributions were relatively marginal at best. Little wonder that whites would want to kill themselves, when from childhood they have been taught in the public schools that their race’s only legacy to humanity has been injustice and oppression. Slavery, colonization, and the Holocaust figure more prominently in the narratives put forth by the establishment than, say, the inventions and discoveries of Archimedes, Tesla, or Elon Musk.
While non-white races are permitted to segregate themselves from outsiders by forming their own enclaves and caucuses, whites are forced to accept integration with other groups. This has the effect of undermining white culture and social cohesion by some of the same methods by which Native American tribal identities were destroyed. Some would say, the goal is a gradual genocide and/or subjugation of whites, so that they can be replaced by (((a new ruling class))).
The suicide rate among men is higher than the suicide rate among women, which may be related to the fact that men are expected to shoulder the same responsibilities and burdens as at any other time in history, without getting any commensurate privileges or even recognition in return. In the schools, boys are labeled as disordered for wanting to be boisterous and physically active rather than sitting quietly like girls. Men convicted of crimes are sentenced to longer prison terms than women, and men who are divorced are more likely to have to pay child support without getting to see their children than are women. The overall message that this sends men is that their own happiness does not matter, because their only purpose is to be enslaved to others without having any rights of their own.
A growing number of young men are reporting having had no sex in the past year, as young women are encouraged to focus on education and careers, while having casual sex rather than settling down with a marriageworthy man. America is becoming a society like China’s or India’s, where the surplus of young men lacking wives creates a situation where mothers feel overburdened by taking care of their adult sons, who often suffer from depression and social marginalization.
There is a possibility that as this situation worsens, the rate of non-marital rape in the U.S. will increase. A South China Morning Post article notes that in a conservative part of northern India, with 7,000 villages with as many as 150 to 200 surplus single men each, “packs of men, fuelled by cheap liquor, often take to the street to chase and pressure young women.”
In the U.S., where the problem of too many unmarried young men is called involuntary celibacy, or inceldom, online communities have emerged that encourage men to look to rape or suicide as proper responses to their sexual frustration. These men are refusing to stoically resign themselves to years of celibacy as their female “peers” play the role of sexual playtoy for whatever men excite them, and to then pick up the bill when it comes due, by accepting the emotional and psychological baggage these women carry afterwards.
Feminists have responded with calls for deplatforming disgruntled men who have taken to the blogosphere and Internet forums to vent their frustration, but such censorship only covers up the symptoms of the problem, rather than curing it. The potential remains that as American society disintegrates, and birth rates continue to fall, a religion such as Islam, with more fecund adherents and a stronger emphasis on obedience and patriarchy, will come to dominate. But then western civilization as we know it would cease to exist, with the U.S. becoming merely another Egypt or Turkey, having lost the characteristics that made it such an economic and military powerhouse and source of cultural innovation during its golden age.
Unfortunately, the political will to solve our society’s problems, which are at the root of the rising suicide rates, is lacking. The political courage to honestly identify and address the sources of increasing social alienation, which cause so much despair and resulting suicidal ideation, does not exist. We are constrained by political correctness from even having a frank conversation about the issues that trouble our society.
A growing number of people, therefore, are concluding that the only escape from their miserable and hopeless lives is suicide. Shows like the Netflix hit series 13 Reasons Why, which glamorize teen suicide and present it as the appropriate response by victims of bullying and sexual assault, have begun popularizing the notion that at the individual level, trying to fix our situations is hopeless, and therefore we may as well try to make a difference by using suicide to draw needed attention to the flaws in our culture and institutions.
This is the point which discourse, or lack thereof, in American society has reached – where people feel so alienated and disenfranchised that they see little option but to resort to suicide as a way to make their voices heard rather than suffering any longer a meaningless and pointless existence. But of course, even in a relatively healthy society, there will be a certain number of misfits – people who due to some abnormality find themselves unable to conform to society’s expectations. For them to kill themselves is essentially to commit a post-birth self-abortion. Legal recognition of a right to do so would acknowledge that not all defects can be detected during gestation.
Assisted suicide is easier than unassisted suicide, since a person who lacks ability or competence in other areas of life, to the point that suicide seems like the best option, may also have trouble killing himself without help. Much equipment, such as guns, that are used for killing, are also designed more for homicide than for suicide. Even the state, with all its resources, often has trouble carrying out executions without botching them, so one can imagine how difficult it might be for an individual, perhaps suffering from disabilities, to figure out how to end his own life. Most suicide attempts, in fact, are unsuccessful, and many leave the attempter with serious, sometimes even crippling, injuries.
For all these reasons, I call on you to introduce legislation legalizing suicide, including assisted suicide, in Virginia.