Yet it is also clear that in any ultimate analysis, the trans-ethical value of altruistic suicide
, most explicitly endorsed in the sacrificial acts recounted in the 23rd chapter of the Saddharmapundarika Sutra, (4) which is determined not by consensus, but by the deep structure of mental-ethical motivation, is something that for the Mahayana also lies on the border between the conventional and transcendental realms.
The work discusses such topics as traditional psychiatric reasons for suicide in films, pain, illness and disability, economic strain and suicide, death of loved ones, altruistic suicide
, and international contexts for the portrayal of suicide.
Perceived burdensomeness, where a person comes to feel he or she is a burden to others, resembles the effect of excessively high integration Durkheim associated with altruistic suicide
Some philosophers have claimed that refusing expensive life-saving treatments and even altruistic suicide
can be justified to avoid being a burden.
The fifth ministerial meeting in Cancun, an event associated in many people's minds with the altruistic suicide
of the Korean farmer Lee Kyung-Hae at the barricades, became Seattle II.
is a tendency for an individual to sacrifice self for the group, and anomic suicide is a response to social change whether good or bad.
Durkheim, on the other hand, described the army as a case of chronic altruistic suicide
, in which the mother believes that she and her children will be better off in the next world.
, on the other hand, reflected socially sanctioned self-sacrifice and, as such, provided the base rate of suicide against which Durkheim could contrast the increase of suicide brought on by the breakdown of social integration (which he attributed to anomic and egoistic behavior).
For the altruistic suicide
, however, it is, absolutely.
John Hardwig has argued eloquently for altruistic suicide
in his exploration of when a duty to the exists, including the meaning that an altruistic death can restore to the very process of dying.
Indirectly, Lester may have identified what Durkheim labeled as altruistic suicide
, an intended suicide rather that an attempt at suicide.