From Aaron Kheriaty at First Things:
Thirteen Reasons Why begins just after high school sophomore Hannah Baker has killed herself. Over the course of thirteen episodes in Netflix’s controversial new miniseries, Hannah narrates in voiceover the events that led up to her suicide, as other characters listen with dread to the cassette tapes she has left behind. “It’s me, live and in stereo,” the first tape begins. “I am about to tell you the story of my life—more specifically, why my life ended.” Then she says, “If you’re listening to this tape, you’re one of the reasons why.”
You are if you have anything to do with the progressive culture that creates reasons for it, enables it, justifies it, and glorifies it with sentimentality.
Since 1999, suicide rates in the United States have risen alarmingly across age groups, but nowhere is the increase more striking than among adolescents. The suicide rate for ten-to-fourteen-year-old girls has tripled. Such outbreaks are not new. At the height of German Romanticism, Goethe published The Sorrows of Young Werther, a book whose titular hero takes his own life. A spate of young men imitated Werther, alarming authorities in Germany and Italy. Social scientists have since found that when suicide is publicized or romanticized, it can become contagious, resulting in “suicide clusters.”
In order to minimize the Werther Effect, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Surgeon General have published guidelines for responsible reporting of suicide. A fictional show like 13 Reasons Why can be just as dangerous as a news report. After all, Werther himself was a fictional character. It may be worthwhile, then, to compare common reporting guidelines (placed in italics) with the way 13 Reasons handles suicide. More.
Reality check: The expansion of euthanasia to broader categories will result in consensual suicide. If death is good, why deny it to anyone? Anti-suicide groups will come to seem like pro-life groups. But hey, you voted for it and praised the propaganda for it so…
Only getting progressives out of public life and reinstituting normal human values would help. Everone can be part of that.
See also: Ontario: No right for medics to refuse to refer for death attracts international attention
It is not an issue in Ontario because neither the doctors nor the churches (which mainly old folk attend now) care to warn anyone of the peril. You soon will not be able to find a doctor who wouldn’t kill or help kill you and that is not even an election issue. If a teen can choose to abort her kid, why can’t she choose suicide?