Jane is going to kill herself in 84 days.
She’s counting down from 90.
Why commit suicide?
… I’m not depressed and nothing extremely horrible has lead me to this decision. But, does it really have to? I mean, as an atheist I feel life has no greater purpose. My generation has had no great depression, no great war and our biggest obstacle is beating Halo 3. So, if I feel like saying “game over”, why can’t I?
I agree life has no “greater” purpose. No more than whatever you give it. But when you consider all the ways our lives could have not happened along the evolutionary chain, we’re pretty lucky to have the lives we do.
Why not live it out?
Though there’s also something to be said about taking your own life with dignity, on your own terms. We don’t know about her family or friends.
Of course, it could just be a hoax. Or a marketing campaign for a movie, book, TV show, etc. It’d be a pretty good one, too. Only a few days into the journey, she’s becoming incredibly popular. Just think about the massive audience she’ll have in a couple months…
Shnakepup suggest a religious motive:
Expect “Jane” to start laying the nihilism and hedonism on thick, all the while spouting off about how pointless it all is. Then, closer to the due date, we’ll see more and more posts featuring Jane reconsidering her godless, wasteful existence , and pondering if maybe there’s something more. Cue religious friend who sets her straight on the lie of atheism, and who tells her all the church has to offer in it’s place. Instead of killing herself on Day 90, we’ll see her changing her mind and deciding to live her life with Jesus! Warm fuzzy music plays and everybody learns a valuable lesson.
Even if she’s telling the truth, though, it seems odd that “Jane” is writing a public blog even though she says it’s “not… even to get attention.”
She doesn’t want your “help,” by the way, so don’t even bother.
But she is taking suggestions on “how to do the deed.”
(via Salt on Everything)
[tags]atheist, atheism, suicide[/tags]