Comments on: The price of suicide http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Steve Hamlin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/comment-page-1/#comment-4335 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:32:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/#comment-4335 I would define “cheaper” to also include the potential lessened pain/misery of a quick suicide over a slow death.

That is, what is the value of ‘miserable death avoidance’ and what is its cost? The utility of a quick death might be worth the cost of avoiding a slow painful death.

Of course, for some people, one would need to account for the psychic cost of committing a sin vs. the psychic benefit of dying with religiously-inspired dignity (one could argue that those factors don’t matter because they aren’t reality, but to the believer they do have a cost/value, just like the ‘value’ of greater happiness to homo economicus.)

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By: Ginger Yellow http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/comment-page-1/#comment-4295 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 21:27:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/#comment-4295 “And it’s a good order of magnitude cheaper than dying in hospital.”

Not in the UK it isn’t, and given that the story is about British people going to Switzerland to die, that seems fairly pertinent.

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By: Pietro http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/comment-page-1/#comment-4290 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 20:46:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/07/16/the-price-of-suicide/#comment-4290 Not to be insensitive (although it doesn’t seem this post warrants any concern about that) and at the risk of visiting tired arguments, but last time I was in London it cost nothing to cross a bridge on foot or step into traffic.

Felix, I think what you really mean to say is “legal” suicide is expensive. But who of those serious about it really needs to worry about laws anymore than they do repaying a loan? I think I answered my own question – those elitists who have a reputation to uphold.

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