I have to admit I was intrigued when I read about Martin Manley, the sports writer who took his life at age 60 because he felt he was no longer useful. I have often thought about that article. At some point, many of us do outlive our usefulness, we take more from society than we put in–just like when we were children. I get his reasons.
Manley’s rational and well-planned death is one example of how we can have 100% control over our bodies and destiny. He felt it was time. His life was his to take, and he asked god for forgiveness. He didn’t choose to come into this world, but he chose exactly how he would go out and how he would be remembered. Perhaps believing in god made his life easier to take. Had he been atheist, maybe he would have waited a little longer, enjoyed more sporting events or decadent meals or times with friends. Who knows?
So why do we continue to march on, especially those of us who have no faith? So many people have asked us, “What’s the point?” Who or what are we living for?
If your answer is “no,” then the next question, Grayling says is: “…what are the reasons I personally have for saying ‘No’ to that question? The answer contains the meaning of my life.”
What are your reasons for not taking your life today? Who would be hurt? Who would you miss? Do people depend on you? Do you help others through your love and friendship or your life’s work? Do you have goals that have not been met? Maybe your reason is simply that you love to listen to music or watch the sunrise in the morning. It doesn’t really matter what your reasons are. They are yours. And they give your life meaning.
That’s all that counts.