This post is about two subjects. (1) How suicide is not the answer to the struggles in life, and (2) why I consider Kurt Cobain a coward in the end. I think I’ll start with talking about Cobain first.
Let’s ignore the conspiracy theories still surrounding Kobain’s death and go with the official ruling that he committed suicide. To my understanding, he had a drug addiction problem, and began to hate the fact that the world loved him and his music. He believed that his music was being stripped of personal and emotional value and became seen as a new pop, and was in danger of being dumbed down, commercialized, and made too mainstream. But did he try to protect the integrity of his art? No. He shot himself instead. Yep. Rather than protect the artistic value of his music, he took the coward’s way out and killed himself. Worse, he might as well have sent a message that the best way out is to blow your brains out. And while that gets promoted, bands like Megadeth with their message of hanging tough in the face of adversity and despair get falsely accused of making suicide songs and get their videos banned from MTV.
To make matters worse, the guy was very well-off and had a nice family, including a wife and young daughter. So it seems to me like he had no reason to kill himself, just that he let himself get consumed by drug addiction and was too cowardly to overcome it and protect the integrity of his art.
Which leads us to the subject of suicide in general. I don’t know what happens after death, but that’s not important. What I do know is that suicide is a sign that you can’t deal with the problems you face because you are too weak to deal with them, but rather than be strong, hang tough, and tackle adversity head on, you choose the coward’s way out. This is especially bad in the case of youth suicide, because in the case of young people, they have so much potential and so many years left to live and fulfill that potential, but snuff it out from this world because they’re too weak to actually deal with their problems which, if we’re very honest here, pale in comparison to whatever they’ll have to deal with after they’re teenagers.
It’s their choice by all means, but I personally would discourage suicide. Because even if there is life after death, killing yourself won’t solve anything in life.