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Robin Williams
Explaining the inexplicable: suicide [Commentary]
Explaining the inexplicable: suicide [Commentary]

Suicide is an uncommon phenomenon. When you consider what people suffer because of medical illness, physical injury, the deprivations of old age, mental illness, personal failure and the betrayal by others, one wonders why more people don't choose to end their lives. Many are deterred from suicide by religious dictates, the social stigma associated with giving up in the face of hardship and the reluctance to abandon others by making this kind of exit. Even without these proscriptions, and under the most trying circumstances, life is often obstinately embraced until the very end. People just don't want to die. Many of us have thought about the possibility of taking our lives...