Ideas from 'On suicide' by David Hume [1775], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Hume's Essays' by Hume,David [Edinburgh Press 1900,-]].

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24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 4. Suicide
If suicide is wrong because only God disposes of our lives, it must also be wrong to save lives
                        Full Idea: Were the disposal of human life so much the peculiar province of the Almighty that it were an encroachment on His right, for men to dispose of their own lives; it would be equally criminal to act for the preservation of life as for its destruction.
                        From: David Hume (On suicide [1775]), quoted by Jonathan Glover - Causing Death and Saving Lives 13
                        A reaction: A characteristically wicked and neat point. Maybe we can intervene in the environment (diverting a falling stone), but not directly in a life? Life is sacred, but stones are not?