Suicide 101.


Learn To Kill Yourself!

A network of “suicide gurus” who use the internet to advise people how to kill themselves has been exposed.

Wow. A bit dramatic, eh? I smile a little about the “exposed” because, yes, they are there i have no doubts. You can also learn how to make a perfect souffle, get candle wax out of fabric, and play canasta. Why wouldn’t you also be able to gain knowledge in how to kill yourself if that was the road you wanted to travel?

 

weird dude, huh?

One of the most notorious figures on the internet suicide scene is Nagasiva Yronwode, a self-confessed satanist who runs a shop selling occult books and charms in the small Californian town of Forestville, north of San Francisco.

Yronwode, 46, describes himself as the “outreach director” for an extremist cult called the Church of Euthanasia, which advocates suicide as a means of saving the world from the effects of overpopulation.

The Church of Euthanasia? He needs to be euthanised. It’s no wonder he chooses to deliver his message on the internet, where he can speak for awhile before anyone sees a picture. Who would actually take something that looked like……that seriously?

I have issues with “Suicide Chatrooms.”  First, in my experience, when someone becomes a regular in a chatroom, he does so because there is something about that particular group of people that he enjoys enough to spend his time on.  I can also say almost authoritatively that even in very topic-specific chatrooms, that subject is rarely how the majority of keystrokes is spent.

I have never personally hung (haha) in a suicide chat, but I have spent time in rooms that were also very specifically an edgy topic. And we rarely involved ourselves with the “topic du jour.”  We talked about the same stuff that is talked about in *any* chatroom: music. movies. current events. television. small anecdotes about our families. the low level “messing with” that happens among human beings that feel comfortable with each other on a superficial level. etc, ad infinitum. So when there is a group of people that regularly interact with each other, that would tend to cut down on the “isolationism” that often is a factor in “The Big S.”

I would agree, however, that the choice of which chat to attend is based on one’s interests. So it’s not a far fetched idea to think that someone entertaining the idea of offing themselves might be drawn to “Let’s Hang” or “Suicide Solution” or any other of a million facetious room names that come to mind immediately.

So “DisillusionedDan” logs into the suicide chat and is immediately greeted by “CryingCarrie” and “EnnuiEd.” He quietly lurks while Carrie and Suzycide laugh it up about trick nooses, and observes while someone else comes in and announces their intent to suicide because they feel pain, they feel alone, and they feel as though no one understands. I bet one could imagine him blinking at the slight sting of recognition and fleeting thought of “OMG! NO WAY, DUDE! ME TOO, TOTALLY!” So much for the whole alienation thing, huh?

 Perhaps I’m a rotten individual but if someone came into my chat rooms and whimpered and cried and threatened to off themself? i’d be like “Do it, Dude.”  It’s not that I’m into the idea of anyone actually killing themselves or that I think they should do it; but more so that I am inclined to believe that someone is just fishing for attention.  Does this make me a “Suicide Guru”?  Guilty of a crime? “Responsible for that person’s death?”

 And finally, this was my favorite paragraph: 

The best-known of the suicide chat­rooms is understood to have been founded more than 10 years ago by a British man, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne. At one stage he was apparently operating from a Newcastle University email address. However, there is now no trace of him.

I have to wonder: Did he take his own “advice” and off himself? If he did, that is pretty cool, actually. Nothing like someone who practices what they preach!

 

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~ by Layla on February 18, 2008.

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