It has become fashionable to excuse practically every suicide as either the result of profound mental illness, for which the suicide is not morally accountable, or as a response to intractable psychic or physical pain, for which it is justified.
I predict that Emily Esfahani Smith will succeed in finally uniting liberals, libertarians, and many self-identifying conservatives … against herself.
Notwithstanding that she is making a rather important point.
Some suicides are the result of profound mental illness. But, as society lessens the stigma against suicide, it is inevitable that there will be more and more suicides that are not the result of profound mental illness. More despondent people will turn to the gun or the rope instead to to the grace of God.