Thoughts and Apophthegms; From the Writings of Archbishop Whateley

Thoughts and Apophthegms; From the Writings of Archbishop Whateley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... system of motives and principles, the answer frequently given is, " Thou shalt do no murder," and it is assumed in the arguments drawn from reason, as well as in those from Revelation, that Suicide is a species of murder; viz., because it is called self-murder: and thus, deluded by a name, many are led to rest on an unsound argument, which, like all other fallacies, does more harm than good, in the end, to the cause of truth. Suicide, if any one considers the nature and not the name of it, evidently wants the most essential characteristic of murder, viz., the hurt and injury done to one's neighbour, in depriving him of life, as well as to others, by the insecurity they are in consequence liable to feel. And since no one can, strictly speaking, do injustice to himself, he cannot, in the literal and primary acceptation of the words, be said either to rob or to murder himself. He who deserts the post to which he is appointed by his great Master, and presumptuously cuts short the state of probation graciously allowed him for "working out his salvation" (whether by action or by patient endurance), is guilty indeed of a grievous sin, but of one not in the least analogous in its character to murder. It implies no inhumanity. It is much more closely allied to the sin of wasting life in indolence, or in trifling pursuits, --that life which is bestowed as a seed time for the harvest of immortality. What is called, in familiar phrase, " killing time," is, in truth, an approach, as far as it goes, to the destruction of one's own life; for " Time is the stuff life is made of." The best argument against duels is, that they confer a character of daring spirit, which all in some degree admire, on such conduct as more

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