If you knew that someone you knew was going to take their life, is it your responsibility as someone trying to uphold a "moral law" to try and prevent that person from the act and even take measures to hold that person against their will? ( in our society the case would be a mental institution )
What if you knew the person really well and that in his situation suicide could be considered a very rational choice.
I heard a quote, I think it goes something like this.
"You put a rational person in a irrational situation, and the rational choice to make is to become irrational"
We could argue whether suicide is rational or not , but that is not the point i am trying to make. Some people go through so much sh!t and to be quite honest there is absolutely nothing we can do to make them better. You can say that medication or time helps , but i have seen more then one case where neither is true and in a few cases it is actually , scientifically, the opposite.
Essentially in trying to prevent suicide , one could say that you are trying to prevent the pain that would be incurred by association ( mother, father etc ), and does this pain by association out weigh an exit from his/her painful reality. Obviously suicide has very negative effects, but could the effects of mental and emotional regression be even greater to that person and the associates that he/she has?
Please dont think i am some heartless observer, I just wonder if someone can rationalize death by their own hands are we now obliged to by all means prevent this even if their justification is rational ( or would that just make me equally insane? )