Here’s a kind of boring, stoic way of looking at it because I tend to look at most things in a kind of boring, stoic way. English isn’t my first language so sorry if i mess this up, it’s difficult for me.
From a rationalist perspective suicide isn’t selfish. At least not seen from a meta-perspective where everything, i.e. the human experience is an entirely subjective experience. Seeing as reality is a subjective experience all experiences are perceived individually, received from the outside (other people, events) and processed from the inside (your, again, subjective reality) and colored by morals, ethics, and other external modifiers. You live and control your own life and you decide to end your own life seeing as your life is your own.
From (apparently) inherent human moral and cultural codes suicide is usually seen as selfish due to the concept of acting in a way that brings pain and emotional troubles onto others. From this one could argue that the concept of selfishness derives from an individual being a part of a collection of “selves”, or in other words a cluster of individuals or society.
So, if one individual who decides to take his own life feels that there is no concept of social cohesiveness to break with or simply decides to do the act then there can be no inherent selfish act; only a perceived one by the people left behind.
From this we can gather that suicide can be both an inherently selfish act (from a moral perspective, in my opinion pragmatically flawed but not necessarily wrong) or an extreme act of unselfishness, to give up ones own self.
It’s just another one of those claims that are inherently paradoxical. Like most “big” questions, if you dig to the core there are only subjective opinions and no real answer. Philosophy.
So i’d say the answer is neither. Suicide is neither selfish nor unselfish. It really sucks though.
no more women
no more sex
mail from a woman scorned
hell hath no fury
not dealing with it
drinking rum in the shower
two weeks by myself
Before the Germanic peoples of ancient Western Europe possessed a true alphabet, they used pictorial symbols to carve into stones their ideas and thoughts. Pre-runic symbols, or hällristningar, have been found in various Bronze Age rock carvings, primarily in Sweden. Some of these symbols are readily identifiable in the later alphabets, while others represent ideas and concepts that were incorporated into the names of the runes (sun, horse, etc.) The earliest known examples of these pictorial writings date from about 1300 BCE and may have been linked to Sun and Fertility cults. Among the signs were parts of the human body, weapons, animals and variations on the circle, square, and swastika (or fylfot), a stylized spinning sun.
While the modern world may have lost the exact meanings of all these petroglyphs, it is almost certain that they had their roots in primitive symbolic Magick, and contributed, in no small part, to the Magickal nature of the later Futharks.
These pictoglyphs later evolved into the more abstract glyphs composed of lines resembling no particular objects. That there was great power endowed to those who were adept at the use of these glyphs is indicated by the name given to the glyphs themselves. These glyphs were called Runes, from the Gothic Runa, meaning “a secret thing, a mystery.” The Runic letter or Runastafr was used to foretell the future by Runemal, or the casting of the Runes. The Runes were inscribed into tools, weapons, rocks, altars, and other personal items. Runes were also used by the clergy as an alternate to the Latin alphabet. There are almost as many theories on the actual evolution and development of the Runes as there are writers on the subject.
The Ancient Vikings believed that the Runes were the gift of Ódhinn, who discovered them after hanging nine days on Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life, as a voluntary sacrifice. Some legends say that Ódhinn received the Runes in a vision, others that he was given the Runes by his uncle, the Giant, Mimir, or by Freyya, his wife. (This latter may stem from the fact that the Vikings believed that magic was essentially a feminine gift, and that its use made men effeminate.)
Let me just casually mention here that I used to be really into the whole Norse thing before.I joined.the Golden Dawn. I was in a very deep pain in January two years ago, and burned Runes into an old rib bone I found using Galdr. I asked Odin to help me. I wholly intended for the spell to have a different effect but it certainly changed my course. Prior to that, I had never gotten that kind of result with any other type of magic. Runic magic, especially Galdr, isn’t anything to sneeze at. I still feel close to Asatru (despite McNallen’s feel good for whitey shit), as well as Hellenismos, but neither community is comfortable with ceremonial magicians to say the least.
there is no such thing as “ancient vikings”, the viking age lasted from about 800 to 1066, there were no “vikings” before this.
do you want to know what the runes actually mean, without all this magick mumbo jumbo? here are some from maeshowe in orknøy.
"oh look at me buy this $60 organic vegan TOMATO that was farmed by a starving and underpaid workforce with the pocket money that my CEO dad earned”
Oh wow. Look at this 2 dollar hamburger that was processed by underpaid and exploited slaughterhouse and packing plant…
grow your own tomatoes like normal people, you pathetic whiny rich urban trendwhores