Suicide is no dignified exit

Just as art and religion do not do the same things, suicide and self-sacrifice aren’t “different only in degree.” The latter asks us to be good; the former asks nothing, not even that we continue to exist. The end of life often isn’t dignified or pleasurable, but it asks us to persevere, to see what the gift of life finally offers as it slips away. Even if it isn’t much, it does invite those still alive to find their charity, their compassion, and a glimpse of their own life’s end reflected back at them, a final gift of sorts from the dying. And one that likely won’t be given to whoever finds Brian Sewell’s lifeless body on that park bench.