Nietzsche on Suicide

Twilight of the Idols - Expeditions of an Untimely Man 36

The invalid is a parasite on society. In a certain state it is indecent to go on living. To vegetate on in cowardly dependence on physicians and medicaments after the meaning of life, the right to life, has been lost ought to entail the profound contempt of society. To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one's own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there. Only 'natural' death is death for the most contemptible reasons, an unfree death. From love of life one ought to desire to die differently from this: freely, consciously, not accidentally, not suddenly overtaken. Finally, a piece of advice for the pessimists and other decadents. We have no power to prevent ourselves from being born: but we can rectify this error- for it is sometimes an error. When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live- one has freed others from having to endure ones sight, one has removed an objection from life. All this in contrast to the pitiable and horrible comedy Christianity has made of the hour of death.

 
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