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/ / Two THE GUARDIAN M~ ~TV ~'~ ~I|f~|~ hunger strikes and so invite death SWEARING ttime ago I had occasion to sit in alin the use of words• He did not evenlpress his excee ~g ITl~J~ll/~lt~lll U][' ~U|~.,lVJ.~ Father Rickaby's view !s interesting•! I smoking car and listen to four youthslShow any signs of imaginative pro- Ithoughts he thrust ir .n __ I!Te says: "A man's taking food per-Profamty is a vulgar attempt atlwho occupied seats across the aisle, lfanity of that lively vigor of mind]times we encounter e $t Atheism and Materialism From Nur- od+cally is as much a part of h+s hfebemphams. It may be divided into two]Three of these young men were typi-]which at times bursts forth in pro-!ers whose thought-l; c series For Diselnles of the Cow ias the coursing of the blood in his general classes; the explosive andlcal specimens. They did not abhorlfane words for want of more fitting!ways in low-speed but ard [" " :veins. It is doing himself no less.the habitual• The former, though by/profanity and used oaths whenever illand fore!Die+ ones that usage mightlli:!e the conversation • ~cnoo,. Iviolence to refuse food ready to hand, no means to be excused, may often be!seemed to them that extra emphas:s allow to pass + lwlth sundry "Ahs, Hu • . t . "• when he is starwng, on purpose that palhated by extreme provocation• lwas needed or emotion was to be ex-I His vocabulary comprised oerhaDsland so forth. People In the well known Stonyhurst Man-',he may s~arve, than to open a veto I Thu.s a man whose language m ordt-lpressed. The fourth member of the]two hundred words and full- fifty lspicuous for profamtY uals of Catholic Philosophy (Long- on •purpose to bleed to death es- InarflY regulated by decorum may fred t group' however, had all the marks of +,per cent of these were of the argotlthese gaps with an ire+ man's), Rev. Joseph Rickaby, S. j.,+pecmlly when the food is readily he-]that a clumsy and weighty fo°tlan undeveloped intelligence and alof the gutter. I noticed that when-/en bedraggled oaths. devotes a chanter of his "Moral Phi- cessible." Again to destroy a thin placed on his et corn causes him to . , .- • • • • ' ~.. :~ .~ ~• . • • g~ P ltendency to whatever w~s shocking evel he hesitated ior a word to ex- (Cu,tmued n osophy" to the question of suicide is the exclumve right of the owner[forget for the moment that repression~ which has tortured many minds ever lan~d master of the same• of feeling which is one of the essen- ~.~ ~ '1~÷÷4~'÷4 ÷÷~÷÷÷'~'÷' ~'÷÷÷'~'÷÷÷¢"~'÷÷÷÷~.÷÷÷.'.,~.÷, ÷÷,~',4.4"÷4~ since the beginning of human his2] If, therefore, man is his own mas- tials of social life• For the time he ~ ~ -- __ tory, and anent which Hamlet has ter, in the sense that no one else can reacts against all the training years + I~t~] r%_ 2__!_ ~ ~ his say in the famous monologue, be- claim dominion over him, may he not have impressed upon him and gives :~ I/I L2]['|][IIN,~ _ ~ - ginning, "To .be or not to be." Paten- destroy himself? The metaphysician vent to some long ;forgotten expletive. * I~Pl -- I ~ ~X RB~t~ thetically the opinion of Napoleon on will say that man cannot be his own Of course, the expletive ought not to ~ I~l ~ ~'~ ~~'~"~"~~ the same matter was summed up in'master any more than he can be his be in his memory but even the best ~ I~l l.w~ - ,_AWL one of his cogent sentences, "Welown father Yet the Catholic who of us are not proof at all times ~ ]~| ~ ~~ • • I " I • • • ~ ~ ~" \ must will to hve and know how to knows his Master and Maker will not against the wolent and expresmsve .~ ]~[ Reg U5 Pat Off ' die," and the great warrior who hadlneed, to have recourse to an other words 1;hat experience has imbedded ~. [~| | |T Tif bl t2_DAD~: Ill,O~: " ....... " ...... ' .... - Y ~in our~nemories Wh~ 1- e @ I~l w.., .M, ,,,,.I ~o.~,-~,s..u~vu ~u~'~w.- O~u%os- been iammar w~n aea~n ourmg an argumen~ than tact wnich the simnle • e same pnenom -÷ I~d • ' " ~ • • " In n " " hm hfe was altogether against self- catech,sm teaches )urn. Even among o may be observed occasionally m ~: destruction a~ a "way out" of pain. lthe Greeks it was taught (by Aris- Patients under the influence of ~ |~| "Thero is not," he once said, "suffi- totle for instance) that the citizen be- anaesthetics who relieve their sub- ~: eient of the Old Roman in me to sug- longs to the State and that suicide conscious minds in forcible language Lest suicide, and I will work out my destiny without the aid of self-ad- ministered poison." Accordingly many refuse to accept the story that he attempted to commit suicide at Malmaison on the night before his second abdication. However, to come to Father Rickaby. Suicide, he says, we understand as constituted robbery of the State. The grea~ deterrent, against suicide in cases where misery meets with recklessness, is the thought of Ham- let: "In that sleep of death what dreams may come,"-- above all~ the fear of being confronted by an angry God. Apart from belief in God's judgment and a future state, our ar- guments against suicide may be good /the direct compassing of one's own logic, but they make poor rhetoric for death, and this is an act never law-lthose who need them most. Men are ful. He then refers to the hard cases iwo~derfully imitative in killing them- that put the moralist on his mettle selves• Once the practice is come in in order to restrain them by reason• Why should not the solitary invalid destroy himself? Why should not death be sought as an escape from temptation? Or why not have suicide licensed? The Jesuit quotes the phil- osopher Paley as in effect saying that if every disgust justified suicide, then the fact of being alive would consti- tute justification, the melancholy (a word which comes from the Greek, meaning "black disposition") mind being naturally predisposed to take as bad and insupportable that which is at least tolerable• There is a moral crookedness, in- ordination and unreasonableness that is intrinsic to the act of suicide apart from its consequences./. It is natural to every being, animate and inanimate, to the full extent of its entity and power, to maintain itself and to resist destruction as long as it can. This is the struggle for exist- ence, one of the primary laws of na- ture, and man has intelligence and power over himself that he may con- duct his own struggle wisely and well. It may be objected that man is only bound to self-preservation so long as life is a blessing--that under stress of adverse circumstances it is sometimes answered that whereas death is the greatest of evils, it is foolish and wicked to resort to dying as'a refuge against any other calam- ity. But this answer proves too much. It would show that it is never lawful even to wish for death, whereas, un- der many conditions such as those now under considerationi death is a consummation devoutly to be wished, and may be most piously desired, as Ecclesiasticus says: (xxx. 17). "Bet- ter is death than a bitter life and everlasting rest than continual sick- ness." The truth seems to be. says the Jesuit, that there are many things highly good and desirable in them- selves which become evil when com- passed in a particular way. The death of a great tyrant or persecu- tor may be a blessing to the universe, but his death by the hand of an as- sassin is an intolerable evil. So is death, in facto esse (in itself), as the schoolmen say, an everlasting~rest; but no death in fieri (to be done) when that means dying by your own hand. There the unnaturalness and the irrationality come in. A mother, watching the death agony of her son, may piously wish it over; but it would be an unmotherly act to lay her own hand on his mouth and smother him. To lay violent hands on oneself is abidingly cruel and unnatural, more so than if the suicide's own mother slew him. vogue, it becomes a rage, an epi- demic. Atheism and materialism for mthe best nurseries for the con- ~agion of suicide. It is a shrewd re- mark of Madame de Stael: "Though there are crimes of a darker hue than suicide, yet there is none other by which man seems so entirely to re- nounce the protection of God." Ca- tholic Bulletin. In view of modern tendency on the part of certain prisoners to go on that has been stored away in some memory-crevice and is released by the operation of the drug. 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