Re: Is suicide a selfish act?
A lot of people have said this already, but it depends on the person, their circumstances, their past, and their own resolve.
Some people are naturally weak-willed (that's not meant insultingly, it's just a statement), and find it genuinely more difficult to cope with things that others might consider to be endurable. Or, they might have been raised to believe that the world is hell and then when it's proven to them, they try and escape to a better place through death. I don't think suicide is the right thing to do, and I do consider it to be somewhat of a "coward's way out", as some people call it, it's selfish, but I can understand why some people just want to let it all go and be "free", in a sense. You don't know what's going through their head, ever. A person cheery on the outside could be a storm of pain inside.
Some people have had stuff happen to them that traumatises them so badly they just don't want to have to deal with the pain anymore.
One could argue that suicide is a coward's way out because the world has been so cruel and terrible to them that they want to give a little back. I'd say that's how a suicidal person would see it; "If the world treats me like utter shit, why should I spare them any pain when they don't care about me?" Of course, they do have people that care about them, but through their eyes, they don't realise that, and legitimately don't understand.
On the other hand, you have people that face trouble in early life and think "Screw it" and get out early. They face a little bit of trouble and think "Hey, I'm depressed, I'm one of those people that you hear about in the news. I should just kill myself, that'd teach 'em." They're the really selfish ones that I think are really in the wrong, when they don't have a legitimate cause to die, just doing it because they can't see any light in the forseeable future or ignore the light that is there. But at the same time, I can't bring myself to brush them aside, because they're human beings just like us. They don't deserve to have their death mocked or insulted just because they took the easy way out. I still respect their memory.
In the end, it's impossible to say. I won't support, condemn, or be neutral towards suicide (I know that's impossible, but it's a figure of speech -_-) It's a topic that shouldn't be bandied about lightly and shouldn't be...not sure what the word is, but similar to "stereotyped". It shouldn't be cast into one basket labelled "Selfish", if that makes sense.