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#23280

OMG: One of my closest friends killed himself in our final year of high school. One of my roommates/friend tried killing himself in 1st year; the other roommates and I happened to walk in on it stopped him. Another friend of mine just tried committing suicide. Depression is a fucking bitch. If you need help, please seek it. People will be there for you when you need it. Life is worth living. Don't let this depression shit consume you

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  1. Wow
    lol maybe you are the problem lmao

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    1. This isn't half as funny as you seem to think it is, 1.

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    2. I doubt he is the direct problem, but he probably lives a lifestyle that attracts the depressed or depresses people.

      Maybe the OP should consider finding new hobbies or friends.

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    3. Hey 1, fake and gay! Am I right?

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    4. @1b. My lifestyle has nothing to do with it

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  2. It's kinda sad but I envy the balls that these people had. Wish I could find the courage to be an hero too...

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    1. Ain't nothing heroic about taking your own life. It just hurts the people around you, and cuts short whatever potential you might have otherwise had to make something out of your future.

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    2. The heroic part is a reference. The people around you don't matter. Your own utility is the only thing that matters. Everyone acts to maximize their own utility. Even supposedly altruistic actions are driven by things like emotional gratification to the person performing those acts so there is selfish intent there too. You don't owe anything to society or the people who birthed you. Your potential is just to slave for the next 40 years of your life so society reaps the benefits of providing for you during the first 18 years of your life. You'd be a shitty investment if you died early...

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    3. 2b, the utility theory of human action and interaction has been thoroughly debunked over the years, time and time again. While there remain those who swear by it, they're controversial at best and dangerously misguided at worst.

      Not that rational self-interest theory is *entirely* wrong. People often do act in their own self interest! But they often act quite irrationally as well, and that's okay.

      As for altruism, the self-interested approach only works to explain situations where the amount being given up is outweighed by the emotional satisfaction. It doesn't explain acts of genuine self-sacrifice, or thankless jobs done in secret. It doesn't, for instance explain a parent expending massive amounts of resources throughout her life to care for a developmentally disabled child - even into his adult years.

      I think you'll find, after a little investigation, that people tend to be more pluralist in their thinking than purely utilitarian - or purely self-interested. We do have actual principles and values, and we routinely weigh those values against each other when we have to make decisions. Self interest is just one factor.

      My personal opinion (distilled into a single sentence)? A good life is not necessarily a happy life, but a life devoted to emotional authenticity in relationships will almost always be good.

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  3. There must be something going on recently that so many young people are unable to cope with regular life stresses.

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