C: Have you heard the bad news?
B: No, what news is this?
C: Another movie star committed suicide.
A: This must somehow be relevant for you to mention it. Certainly there is nothing new about celebrities dying by every known cause.
B: And every time it happens, people act as if the death of that person is somehow worse than the death of all those who die by abortion, war, famine, disease, and disaster.
A: What relevance does this human’s death have to us.
C: It is times like this when people start thinking about death. People refuse to wake up to the reality of death, but when someone famous dies, then they think about it for a time. It is times like this when we need to educate people about what causes suicide.
B: Are they ready for the truth?
C: I think not, but we must speak to them. No good comes from silence about tragedy.
A: They cannot imagine all the relevant factors that cause a person to become hopeless and depressed.
B: True you are! Bad words, spoken at a bad time can make the difference between life or death. Religion, mental illness, and lack of money can all limit people from getting the help they need.
C: Some fools say that those who kill themselves are “selfish” as if that made any sense.
B: There are also those Christians who are teaching them that suicide is an unforgivable “sin” that they will be punished for after their death.
A: If only they could see that the depressed people believe that they are doing the world a favor! They are not being selfish, but in a certain way, they believe they are doing the right thing.
B: In truth, this is the message that they are often taught. They are taught that their own lives are not worth the time and money it takes to help them.
C: Let us not forget that they also sometimes believe that they get another life after death. Perhaps to them it makes sense to die in order to go to heaven, or to be reborn into another happier life.
A: This is certainly relevant. It is one more reason that I have come to hate the religions which teach this. It leads to death more than people can imagine.
B: True, this could be a motivation for suicide. I wish I could prove such a teaching false, but such a thing is impossible to know.
C: Either way, it is a bad thing to believe or to teach others. Those who believe it may be more likely to end what could be the only life they have.
A: Even if we knew that there was an afterlife, it would not change the tragedy that exists. People must stop their hatred and irrelevance.
B: And they must stop saying false things about people who cannot speak for themselves! It shows a terrible lack of respect for those who are already grieving over the loss of someone.
C: I agree. This must stop. Those who have nothing good to say should be silent.