What is the cheapest, painless, easiest way to commit suicide?
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I’m assuming you’re just asking out of curiosity and have no plans to go through with anything as foolish as this.
In any suicide attempt the danger is that you’ll botch it and end up in worse shape than when you went in. This can range from being a vegetable to the absolute worse predicament I can think of: total paralysis with total consciousness and no way to make an end of it—because you’re never going to get anywhere near a 1 mg xanax after a suicide attempt much less a bottle of pills to finish the job.
But to your question. After having read nearly all the answers here the one that keeps coming up most frequently is inert gas like helium. Don’t use carbon monoxide from an auto. All the carbon emission controls on newer autos make running a pipe into the cab very risky and you could end up a paralyzed vegetable. Not good.
You’d think heroin OD would be an easy exit but even that is fraught with discomfort—nausea, vomiting and convulsions before the end comes are all real possibilities and you might get junk “junk” i.e. cheap horse which could leave you alive and in very bad shape.
The other “quick” ones would be too traumatic even if they were fast and there’s always the chance you could botch it. Arthur Rubinstein tells of a failed suicide attempt when he thought his piano career was over and he tried to hang himself with a belt which snapped. Sounds like bullshit to me—Rubinstein could weave a tall tale to enhance his persona. Personally I think hanging is a bad idea even if one is at the end of their rope.
So what’s left? There are a few countries that have legalized euthanasia like Switzerland, but the red tape is horrendous, not to mention the cost which must be paid up front without any guarantees they would agree to perform it and then you’re out all that money (est. 20K American)
And here’s a shocker: Seconal in Oregon is running about 3K for a bottle of 100 tabs and Nembutal is even worse—$15,000 for enough to do you in. It appears supply and demand has pushed availability out of reach for most people who wish to use pills.
What are we to take away from all this? How about, “Life is a pain in the ass but exiting it is an even bigger pain in the ass.”
I have no moral stand when I say please don’t do it. Your greatest danger is that you will fail and wind up in an even bigger mess than you are now. Find some way of solving your problems and if you can’t find a solution yourself seek advise/counseling from an expert.
You mentioned taking pills.
It’s darn near impossible to succeed with pills. I’ve failed twice. If you take that many pills that fast, you’re bound to throw them up. And even if you do keep them all down, often not even a whole lot of pills will do the job. In my first attempt, I took a month and a half worth of prescription sleeping pills. I was sure that would do it.
When I woke up in the psych ward, bound hand and foot to a gurney, the docs informed me that if they hadn’t pumped my stomach, I would have lived a long life with massive brain damage.
In my second attempt, I cleaned out my very well-stocked medicine cabinet, except I made sure not to take any stimulants. However when I was wasted out of my head and things weren’t working fast enough for my taste, I went to the bathroom to take whatever was left. Those stimulants I was too high to remember not to take probably kept my heart beating long enough for my ex to get worried and call the cops.
I’ve lived through two overdoses, but hardly unscathed. I estimate that I’ve lost about 30% of my mental acuity. I’m a college professor. I can’t think as fast as before. The answers come more slowly. I stumble over my words. I can’t even pretend to multitask. Almost all the classes I teach are public speaking classes. Now, I have given myself a stutter and it often sounds as if I learned grammar from former President George W. Bush.
In all honesty, if I knew of a sure-fire way to commit suicide, I wouldn’t tell you. I don’t want you to do to your friends and family what I have done to mine. My children are doing much better, but they’ll never be the same again. There will always be a hole in their psyches where faith that their father would never kill herself should have lived.
I don’t know if there is a sure-fire painless way to commit suicide, but I know from experience that pills aren’t it.
I don’t think there is an answer which ticks all three of your boxes with a solid 10/10
On the basis that someone who is intending to die might not be too worried about paying the credit card bill at the end of the month, they I would say “cheapest” could be replaced by “can find enough money or credit to get it done”.
If and when I ever choose to “leave the Party and go home”, then I will pop online and find someone to sell me a small tank of nitrogen (used for welding etc), a regulator (same people will almost certainly sell it) and an oxygen mask.
Leave doors and windows open and it will be TOTALLY harmless for anyone else coming in after the deed is done – but anyone with a face mask delivering pure nitrogen will be unconscious with a minute or two and dead with ten to fifteen minutes.
Unlike holding your breath where the build-up of CO2 brings about that panicky “desperate to breathe” feeling, as you can exhale at will any CO2, there is NO sensation of suffocating at all.
The symptoms of Hypoxia (for that is what it is) is you become generally more relaxed, confident and “at ease”, as the amount of oxygen in your system decreases. This is why it is so dangerous for aircraft to fly above 10,000 feet without oxygen masks or pressurised cabins – the symptom of dying from lack of oxygen are a cross between tiredness, feeling a bit drunk and somewhat relaxed happy.
In the case of the pilots, they don’t know anything is wrong until too late – then they doze off and die.
As others have said, suicide is rarely the only answer – and it is usually a VERY permanent solution to what is usually a short term problem – even if it feels much worse at the time.
Always worth trying to talk about it – if not Samaritans, there are places online (Google) where there are people ready and WILLING to char with you. You have nothing to lose – but sometimes realising you are NOT quite as alone or without options as your first thought can be enough to make it worth “holding out a bit longer”.
This is especially true if the action of another (death , divorce, friendship splitting etc) is the main cause behind things. It is a VERY tired cliche, but time REALLY does work to heal that – it just takes a little time.
The people I know who have been successful have use three methods: jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, jumping in front of a train, and stepping off a chair with a noose around their necks. I think the key is to stop your brain from being functional as quickly as possible. So if you smash your head quickly, it will happen fast, with a minimum of pain.
I have wondered what it would be like to have your head chopped off. Would you have any awareness after it was chopped off? From what I understand, your brain can survive about two minutes without oxygen. So would you be able to be aware of anything for two minutes after your head was cut off? Could you control your eyes or mouth? Or would you be in so much shock, you really don’t know anything?
I think that strangling yourself would be similar to that. There might be a couple of minutes where you are in a lot of pain, and maybe regretting what you have done.
So things that stop brain activity as fast as possible seem to me to be the best. Those include smashing your head against something, or putting a bullet through your head. Suicide methods that deprive your brain of oxygen, like drowning or strangling seem to me to be more painful.
Of course, in my experience, people resort to suicide when the pain is too much and they think it will never end. I don’t think anyone actually wants to die. If the pain went away — and this includes existential pain — they would be happy and be able to enjoy life.
I know that the pain can go away. It has in my life. Being honest lifted most of the existential depression that I was living with. Medications helped, as did exercise and cutting out the things in my life that trigger my depression. I would hope that anyone thinking about suicide would call the suicide hotline listed at the top of this question.
For me, depression was as much about feeling unloved as it was about anything else. Love helped me chase away loneliness and isolation. Being myself, and telling the truth about myself also chased away the existential guilt I felt about being a horrible person. Or, at least it made the guilt seem less important in my life.
I think about suicide pretty often. I run through all the methods in my head. I try to imagine holding a gun to my head and pulling the trigger, or climbing to the top of a tall building and throwing myself off. I can never quite imagine it, and I couldn’t imagine it, even when I was at my worst. I thought about it all the time, but I could get to the point of actually taking the physical step I needed to take to make it happen.
I never wanted to die. I don’t want to die. I want to live so I can see what happens next. But there have been far too many times when the pain was so much, that I almost got past the rumination about it to actually do something about it. It’s not easy — pulling back from that edge. But for me, wanting to know what will happen next, even if I am in great pain, is what keeps me around.
Under the Death with Dignity Act in Oregon, Montana, Washington State, Vermont and since 2014 New Mexico physicians are allowed to prescribe a deadly drug to be taken by mouth by the person wanting to die painlessly, containing a lethal dose of a Barbiturate, in Oregon mostly Secobarbital, available in 100 mg capsules, enough (100 capsules = 10 grams) to make one fall asleep within 2 minutes (!) and stop breathing, thus dying usually within 2 hours.
From Death With Dignity: A Law That’s Hard for Many to Swallow
the capsule form is most commonly used in Oregon, as it costs about $400, much less than the liquid. A lethal dose requires 100 capsules, which he said are separated to remove the powder, a laborious process that some patients turn into a ceremonial final act. The powder may be dissolved in water or mixed into soft food such as applesauce or pudding, then consumed.
This will costs hundreds of dollars, up to USD 1,100, not cheap.
EDIT 2017: since prices in the US are governed by supply and demand, the price of secobarbital in 2017 has risen to USD 3,000. “Free enterprise”. The formerly used Pentobarbital has priced itself out of the market: a dose costs USD 15,000! See Priced Out Of Dying In California
EDIT: California governor signs assisted-dying bill – CNN.com
Physician assisted suicide (self killing) has been signed into law in California on October 6th, 2015.
In The Netherlands where under strict provisions euthanasia on request is legal, we tend to infuse or intravenously inject a high dose of a sleeping drug either 2,000 mg Sodium thiopental or 1,000 mg Propofol thus inducing a coma followed by a paralyzing muscle relaxant usually 150 mg Rocuronium bromide injected intravenously causing the breathing to stop and the person to die.
DIY suicide by helium asphyxiation can be done without any doctor’s involvement see the pdf on Page on Www Suicide By Asphyxiation due to Helium Inhalation by Mathew Howard et al published in 2010.
I’m here because I attempted suicide tonight, I tried hanging myself with a bungy cord and a hook on the ceiling. After I kicked the chair, I noticed my vision becoming sparkly and breathing became nearly impossible. This is not a painless method per se but it wouldn’t have been a miserable death. The reason why I’m still alive and typing this is because shortly after I passed out from hanging, the hook snapped and I fell to the ground. Instantly I woke up and gasped for air. Soon after my sight and sound fully returned and I realized I survived the attempt unscathed. This made me realize that I must have some unfinished business left here on Earth despite the fact that I have no kids, no wife or girlfriend, and I’m distant from my family. What’s really shocking to me is that while I was hanging, I was excited to notice myself slowly dying and as my vision began to sparkle, I thought ‘yes this is it, I will soon be dead’. Most people regret it while they are killing themselves, but I did not. There really isn’t much I’m leaving behind and even though I’m young, the whole idea of living a full life with a successful career and wife with kids just doesn’t appeal to me. In fact nothing about being human on this planet appeals to me at all. I think the next time I try suicide will be via gunshot to the head, I hear this is very quick, painless and will absolutely kill you. The only hard thing about this method is actually pulling the trigger
Great ! I can be dead sure about this writer who is on the verge of committing suicide. It’s because you are exploring the easiest way “something less scary & painful ” Isn’t it ?
Well who can understand the depth of your lines more than someone like me.
I am ” Avin ” – with 3 times suicide survivor and a numerous time life loser ! But look at me, i am still breathing.
I would like to give a small demonstration on your day and night suicidal thoughts.
First of all, you would be in need of a hand to hold,a shoulder to lean or an ear to listen but unfortunately you are failing in all these.
Now you are hiding yourself for quite a long time,but the place is very suffocating & awful.You know it’s quite strange,you call your most believed God,the line will be busy,you call for happiness & the line will be transferred to something else but when you call death,it at once reaches you ! So don’t call him.
Remember we are human’s & we don’t like things which we easily get ! Death is one of such things. So let people remember us for achieving something very difficult.That is to live,tolerate & fight for your piece of bread,family and your dreams.
Have patience ! Lastly if you have a quora account,that means you are rich because you have internet,which depicts you would be having food,education and a family too. There are people who don’t have all the above & still they are in the pursuit of happiness.
I had slit my wrist,had some poison pills,drowned in the sea but only on those moments i realised that being a good guy,my ending shouldn’t be such horrible !
To experience pain is like experiencing a rainfall,perhaps a little messy,frustrating & even downright unwanted at a time, but the sole reason why the rainbow exists !
Pain will happen & then dissipate,but if you quit..you quit forever !
It’s not always the periods pain or the birth pain that only a feminist bear,we guys too get broken and the pain is too much like death.
To feel pain,you are first made capable of enduring it.So trust God & have patience ! Today you are known for what worst has been done to you.Tomorrow you will be known for what best has been showed by you.
Still feeling suicidal ? You can reach me anytime.If you are okay now,save others who are in the same battle !
Various vices are slow ways to kill yourself. But they involve the pain of continued life.
See: Would a service to provide physician assisted suicide in Mexico be popular? and Brian Fey’s answer to What would happen if physician-assisted suicide were legalized for all adults who wish to end their lives, mentally “ill” or not?
Here is a good option: Brian Fey’s answer to What country will introduce the first suicide booth, as in Futurama?
Veterinarians sell Pentobarbital. I suspect that informal assistant suicide happens as a way out for old folks, but I can’t tell how prevalent that is.
Pentobarbital (trade name: Nembutal) is a drug from the barbiturate class. It was widely used during the 1940s and 1950s as a sleeping pill (i.e. hypnotic) or anti-anxiety drug (i.e. sedative). Unlike modern sleeping pills, Nembutal is highly lethal in overdose. Because it is very reliable and brings about peaceful death, it is one of drugs of choice for assisted suicide and capital punishment. Nembutal is used by euthanasia organizations in the United States (Oregon Death With Dignity Act), Switzerland (Dignitas) and The Netherlands.
- Dr. Nitschke in his The Peaceful Pill Handbook states, “Administration is a matter of dissolving ~10 gm of the powder in ~50 ml of water and drinking. . . . . If the powder is analyzed to be pure, and if ingested in the recommended amounts, Chinese Nembutal powder will (not might) lead to a reliable and peaceful death. . . . . The minimum lethal dose is 6 gms. If the substance is pure, a purchase of 25 gm of 95% pure soldium pentobarbital is more than enough for two adults.”
Quick is good.
A gun is easy if you have it. In the mouth, pointed up at your brain, or if you have a shotgun like the excellent Kurt Cobain (musician), then it would be hard to miss.
Even though one is likely in pain is considering suicide, it would be nice to consider the pain which will continue in others after your death.
So it is best to get your will in order and plan your funeral to be easy.
Make the paperwork easy for who ever has to deal with it.
You should not disrupt transportation by jumping in front of transit systems. That is rude.
You have your pain, try to minimize how much you spread that pain to others.
Also it would be nice if you made your physical remains easy to deal with.
Obviously pills and drugs make less mess that things which splatter blood someone would have to clean up.
If using a gun, it might be best to be outside or lay down a tarp.
If you have any financial resources, then a contribution to any relevant groups which are going to have to cleanup your mess might be a nice idea.
If you have organs worth donating and your body is not too contaminated, then perhaps you could reduce someone’s pain by panning to die in a way which allows better organ harvesting. Make sure your body is found quickly. Using pills might interfere with organ harvesting.
If a person wants to take their own life they must always remember that though it might be painless to them it will devistate and ripped their family apart. My cousin took her own life in 2008 at the age of 22. She was beautiful and funny her eyes lit up a room and her laugh uplifted our hearts. She was just starting her life and for reasons we (her) family and friends will never know she felt her life was over that her life was not worth saving. She felt that this world was better without her but truth this world shattered beneath our feet when we lost her. So no there is no painless way to take your own life because unlike having an illness that takes ur life that loved ones can brace themselves for and come to terms with before hand. When u take ur own life u leave ur loved ones with questions that only u can answer. Question as to why u done it why u didn’t come to them or what led u to do it was there something they could have done differently or something they said or didn’t say that caused it. So please if ur having these thoughts and feelings talk to somebody a parent teacher a friend u can even talk to me I will gladly give u my contact information because from personal experience losing someone u love to suicide is the worst feeling in the world. I’ve lost all my grandparents, Aunts,and Uncles to various illnesses and causes some were sudden and some after a lengthy illness. I’ve lost 2 brothers one when I was 5 he was my older brother 9 years old and lost his battle with cancer. The other was my baby brother 24 years old was killed in a car accident. I’ve lost best friends to accidents and illness one when I was 14 to a go-cart accident one when I was 16 to a car accident and one when I was 35 to a life long battle with diabetes we had been best friends since we were 13. It hurts to this day that all of them are no longer with us but we know why they died we don’t have to ask how why or what caused it. When God calls u home it’s hard for families to deal with but we know there’s a reason that it was their time. But when a family member chooses to leave us when the chose was theirs to make and they would rather die than stay here with us. When they choose that those people that love them unconditionally, without question, without hesitation, without fail are not enough to make them want to stay here with us I’m telling u that is a pain that will never ease up it will never get easier because every time her name is mentioned we still ask those unanswered questions. We accept death as a part of life that is just something we have to do and no some don’t even get to make to adulthood but they lived the life God gave them it was their time to be with him illness unknown medical conditions and accidents sometimes come very sudden and it a hard blow but God said it was their time so we grieve and find a way to live our life without them although it is very hard to do but we do it. Losing loved ones to suicide feels like somebody hit u in the middle of ur chest and kicked u in the stomach it takes the wind out of u and pulls ur feet from under u. Then the whole family walks around numb and try to comfort each other. They walk on egg shells around the parents trying not to fall apart in front of them. Everybody feels helpless and are without words but all asking that same old question WHY
I get the feeling that you don’t want to die, you just don’t know what else to do and are overwhelmed by these negative feelings. I really hope that’s true
Lets just say I have a long history of depression. While my little brother was excelling in every aspect of life (football, girls, grades, money, literally everything) my parents were following an ambulance to a mental hospital because I had tried to kill myself. I got out five days later, and not even the people I had considered to be friends knew I had been gone.
I knew I was a disgrace, destined to be unhappy and lonely, no one knew or cared that I had almost died, my parents were walking on eggshells around me like I was some kind of emo time bomb. I saw no way out. All I wanted, for just one second even, was to feel ok. I didn’t need happiness, I just wanted to escape the pain. I knew I was dragging everyone else down with me, how could they love (or even LIKE) someone who made their lives miserable? I planned it all out, the suicide note and everything. And this time I was going to make sure I didn’t fail.
Then another kid from school, we’ll call him David, the brother of my little brother’s best friend, hung himself. He was found 30 minutes later, rushed to the hospital, he was in a medically induced coma for weeks. The day it happened my mom came to talk to me about it and I was overwhelmed by the fear in her eyes. She knew that the grief and the pain and the guilt that David’s family was feeling were so close to her own life. She knew I had almost killed myself “on accident” multiple times, and the abject horror of imagining walking into my room to find me dead made her cry so much she couldn’t breathe. My dad came in then, hugged me, said he loved me. I could tell he was thinking the same thing my mom was: “What if she had really done it? How could I live through that?” It was an epiphany to me. They may have fought with me, called me names they didn’t mean but couldn’t take back. They may be disappointed in me. But I could see now that my suicide would have killed them. For me, that look in my mom’s eyes made me want to live. If just thinking about my death could cause her so much pain that I could FEEL it, how could she survive if it really happened? I may hate myself, I may think I deserve nothing in life, but I do love my mom and dad. Even if, somehow, they stopped loving me because of my insane depression, I would always love them. And even if I don’t deserve to live, they do. They made me, spent time and money, emotion, knowledge, to make sure that I was born, grew up. They kept pictures of me in their wallets, saved art I made when I was little. I felt like, however awful I believed I was, I could never be awful enough to steal their little girl from them.
I’m alive now, obviously, and it can still be pretty hard. But no matter what happens in my life, whether I have friends or a boyfriend or a job or anything at all, I will always be their little girl. I might be in enormous emotional pain but it’s nothing compared to the guilt and loss, heartache and horror, of having the life you MADE snatched away from you. I can’t do that to them.
Among other reasons why you should seek help (I mean, think of everything you’ll miss if your gone! From scientific breakthroughs to new movies to watching this little kitty push a little-r kitty in a cart
Life sucks but there are always things to smile about, if you let yourself) I hope you think of your parents in making any decisions about this. I really hope you reconsider whether or not you could cause the intense pain your parents would feel if you take your life away from them.
So I read about thirty of these answers and none seemed to actually answer the question.. on the other hand most seemed to try and encourage you to not commit suicide and i’m going to do the same briefly.
if you don’t want to live for yourself, that’s fine, live for everyone else who cares about you and doesn’t want you to die. Imagine how your parents would feel knowing that their kid died before they did and honestly try to find something that makes you want to live. life sucks, everyone knows it. now i don’t know anything about your life and what makes you want to kill yourself, but compare yourself to the thousands of homeless people, selling small items on the roads in hopes to get enough money to buy a meal and live another day. imagine their situation and then imagine yours and then be thankful that you’re not in their situation right now. that’s all i’m going to say about that.
check out this list i found, basically on the last one (shooting yourself) is the most probable one because randomly getting carbon monoxide, anesthesia ,or lethal injections could be suspicious. although, getting a gun is pretty weird too. hence i conclude the answer to be imagination.
imagination is a powerful tool, it can take you places or it can confine you to a place. imagine yourself dying every single day. kill yourself in new creative never thought of before ways and that’s the best way to commit suicide while still being alive.
and i answered the question because its super cheap (Actually doesn’t cost anything at all), its painless and imagining is pretty simple.
Atheist / agnostic here of Christian culture and with a distant interest for Asian “life and death” related philosophies, depending of my State of mind.
Die in your bed of old age. It’s cheap, painless, and easy. When your time comes, you won’t even feel a thing, and if Death wakes up, just let go, that’s your “suicidal part” in action, hence fulfilling your wish. It often happens differently, but you wanted the cheapest, easiest, and most painless way. So here it is. And success is ultimately 100%. Before that door opens by itself, don’t let go. Because by committing suicide instead of living until your time comes, it’s not only yourself that you kill :
- It’s the heart of your parents if they are still alive, for no parent is ever to supposed to loose a child.
- It’s the heart of your brother and sisters that you maim eternally.
- It’s the heart of your friends that you maim for a long time, and maybe a lifetime.
- It’s a part of the life of all those who know you well or even less, and that won’t be the same anymore.
- It’s your chances to get better, to overcome.
- And if you’re religious and God actually exists, well, that won’t be good on your resume to open to your soul the gates of salvation. If you’re into Asian philosophies and they have some materiality beyond metaphysics, that won’t be good either, you will just regress and made your path longer and harder.
Don’t worry, death will come eventually, no need to rush anything. Do your best meanwhile, be good and fierce, behold and find beauty wherever and whenever you can, and be content to be alive. It’s likely an unique experience, and might very well be preceded and followed by… nothingness. Don’t waste that, and say yourself that ultimately, the way out will show itself to you.
And in any case, if you did your best, you’ll be rewarded by “nothingness or better”, and not “nothingness, an eternal worse or a retrogradation”. Your life is not only an experience, but due to our ignorance, it’s an investment upon an uncertain future that should nevertheless be taken seriously.
If this is a question about general curiosity or academic studies, I would suggest researching any medical journals on the subject. My answer here will address the more serious side of such a question.
Questions about methods of death seem a bit morbid and potentially disturbing. If you are suicidal, by all means, seek professional help, and talk to friends, family and even religious clergy. If you currently have none of these in your life, find some.
In my opinion, there is no such thing as a “painless death.” Aside from the physical pain from whatever causes the death to the individual, however brief or slight that might be, there is the emotional pain to others; the pain of loss; the pain of guilt; the pain of missing the presence and interaction with those who die. Perhaps you feel there is no one close to you that your death would affect. Perhaps there would be the pain of sadness and sorrow by the person who finds a lifeless body. Perhaps the pain of empathy for a lost life by the person who prepares your body after death, or files the paperwork, or writes the obituary, or reads the obituary. You can not guarantee that there would be no pain, except to think only of your pain, and that is quite selfish.
For those who feel loneliness, or depression, and think they have no friends that would care or feel pain about your death, then get some, and make your life worth living. Some day you will leave behind friends that, while they weep at your death and feel the pain of the loss, they will be better for having known you. By whatever strength and perseverance you can muster to make that happen, it is a worthwhile effort to become a friend to someone. Then, never, EVER throw away the gift of life, for it is valuable and irreplaceable.
None of us really knows for sure what happens on the other side of death. Perhaps there is more pain than here in life. Perhaps there is nothing. In life, you have something – – how ever painful or difficult it might temporarily be. Things change, and often for the better….. eventually. Whenever I was faced with problems, my mother would say, “like everything else, this too shall pass,” and it does. If there really is nothing after death, then that seems like a foolish trade – – to exchange something for nothing. This might not apply to your situation, but for those that it does, I believe in the philosophy that ‘suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.’ Problems can change or end, and life goes on, but suicide is permanent, and can not be undone, and is most likely not necessary.
As to the pain one feels during the experience of death, perhaps the least painful version is summarized in the lyrics of the “Gambler” by country & western singer, Kenny Rogers”
“Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’ Is knowin’ what to throw away, and knowin’ what to keep.
‘Cause every hand’s a winner, and every hand’s a loser and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.”
This is true for everyone. The secret to surviving and having a good life is knowing who you should keep in your life, and who you should “throw away,” or remove from your life because of their negativity. Because, every life has the potential to be a winner, and every life could be a loser – – it’s mostly up to you, and the “best that you can hope for” is to grow old and die of natural causes in your sleep. Don’t seek a painless death, but rather seek to make your life as painless as possible by immersing yourself in the joys of a positive existence that improves the lives of others and the world around you. Have a goal, and work to achieve something worthwhile, and let any pain of life be the spark of ambition that drives you to succeed. Therefore, do not seek to have a painless death, but temper the intrinsic pain of death with the lasting legacy and value of your life and its positive affect on others.