Why Life?
The scarcity of human life, and the punishment following disgrace.
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Throughout the world, our beliefs differ from person to person. Our spirituality can sometimes dominate what we feel is right, and what cannot be considered a moral. When we choose to do something against what we believe, are we punished? In what ways are we forgiven? There are certain ways of forgiveness, such as praying, or sacrificing a cherished behavior, for promises of a better future. However, what happens when you can't undo your fault?

Suicide takes the lives of hundreds of people, every single day. Religion hardly comes into play when the final decision is made to carry out the act. Harming ones-self, after being chosen for a reason, is almost always found faulty in most religions. Wicca and Catholicism are two prime examples of this, as each inhibits self destruction with hurting not only those around them, but the higher being they believe in.

Let's put this into perspective, here. Would you take your own life, knowing you're the divine goddess, or God himself?


Wiccan Beliefs
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"Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. Strive not to harm."
Treating things with the mindset that they should be honored is a main component to the Wiccan religion. This can especially be said for things found in nature, and how one views themselves. When you harm something, as a Wiccan, it is often best to find a way to repent for the action. However, if a Wiccan were to harm something on a larger scale, such as themselves, the rule is completely broken. Ending ones life is a huge way that one can harm themselves. The actions that typically lead up to suicide, are usually almost always harmful not only to the individual carrying out the actions, but those around them. Emotionally, relationships are slowly shattered, with little to no concern about how the actions are affecting said people. Once the act is finally done, more people are hurt then saved.

"We believe that there should be balance in all things. When the balance is disturbed, that's when evil occurs."
Balance is something especially looked at within the Wiccan religion. Think of it almost like karma. If one who practices the religion does good, then things around them are substantially good. When something happens that leads that person into self destructive behaviors, which is typically viewed negatively, the world around them is therefore thrown out of balance, in the sense of having things feel as though they aren't getting any better. This can result in the ultimate off-throw of balance, or, in simpler terms, the early termination of ones life, which, according to Wiccan lure, throws of balance extremely


"Life itself must be sacred."
Life is a gift. You cannot get a new one if you aren't pleased with the result of things. You must learn to continue moving, until you have fulfilled time, and have done what is asked of you by the high Priestess. Life is sacred. Just as sacred as she. You cannot simply throw it away. Doing so, destroys the sanctity of both nature, and those whom may care deeply about said person's existence. You strive not to harm nature. You are apart of nature, therefore, do not harm yourself.

"Nothing lives forever, as Buddha also wisely points out. Neither life nor death endure. The Circle continues to turn."
Once one passes, their memory may live on. Depending on what they did while living, the memory left behind can be stronger, or weaker. Regardless of which, as time goes on, the Circle continues moving. They don't stay remembered forever. In cases such as taking ones life voluntarily, people will always have mixed reactions toward the deed. However, the Circle will eventually continue, and said person will be left behind, leaving with them the idea that they could only give up.



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Catholic Beliefs

"Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?"
Within the Catholic religion, life is something that is to be treasured. When someone does die, for whatever reason, it is believed that they will be glorified, if they left a positive mark on the world around them. In the case of a premature death one brought upon themselves, is almost always viewed as something to be frowned upon. When an individual commits suicide, they are viewed as foolish. Catholics feel as though they have committed a large sin, and because of the fact they ended their lives, before their God, in a sense, was ready for them. They feel as though death should only be put onto a person, when their higher power doesn't feel the need that it is right for them.

"For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
'Bought with a price,' can be translated into several different things. Taking into consideration that this is supposed to be read in a hypothetical sense, the, price, means all the risks that come into giving someone life. They could be born into destructive habits, they could be dangerous to those around them, or they could take it for granted and not find the deeper meaning in their lives. By keeping themselves alive, one can therefore glorify God in their own body. Respecting what he has given them, praising him, and following his word. When someone gets into destructive behaviors that could lead to their death, this disgraces God. It is said that he chooses people for a reason. Giving up something someone chose for you, despite what could go wrong, is almost mocking the higher being. You are not glorifying him, you are committing the ultimate sin.


"Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of."
Our lives are of great meaning to God, in the sense that he has chosen us to praise his name, and glorify it throughout our existence. He has chosen ones entire being by way of justifying ones purpose, and ensuring that whoever that person is, they carry out the task of holding onto their faith in Him, by staying alive and well. When one decides to throw their life away, they are disgracing this bond. The bond is then broken, both ruining the praise, and shattering the faith. Hurting ones self, ultimately hurts someone much more.

"Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
Life is unpredictable. Nothing is ever guaranteed in it, except one thing. We shall all, at one point, die. Those who strive to be model citizens in this life, by doing as much good as one can possibly attempt to, end up recovering an early, and sometimes, unfair death, to which they cannot continue doing good. Those who deceive their lives, and question their existence, almost always end up building onto that hate, and carrying that with them, even after dying. Proving that no matter what, suicide or natural death, they shall never truly, find happiness.

Within both religions, both Wicca and Catholic, life is valued with extremity. Suicide is something quite frowned upon, in this subculture. Taking ones life hurts more then just the person. From the High Priestess, to God himself, there's much more harm then help within the confines of dying voluntarily. Life is sacred. Life is priceless. Humans are born for a reason. Why die when there's an entire plentiful of things that you were born to do?


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