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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Suicide is one of the most extreme steps people can take. What drives a person to the point of thinking about ending their life? In Self-Inflicted: Confronting the Suicide Taboo, Karl T. Muth tackles this controversial topic from a fresh perspective and provides readers with an unconventional point of view on suicide. What if suicide wasn't such a taboo topic and having the freedom to end one's life was every human being's fundamental right? According to Muth, a predetermined time of death would help us make better life choices. In the early 2010s, Muth was an investor in tech start-ups and the crypto space, exploring extending the human lifespan through radical technological and medical advancements. In this book, he offers insights into the relationship between depression and suicide, mental illnesses, thought experiments and hypotheticals, and much more.
This book isn't for everyone. But if you like to delve into what are typically considered taboo topics purely from an academic or logistical point of view, Self-Inflicted will be right up your alley. Among other aspects of suicide, Karl T. Muth also examines the economic impact on society if suicide became permissible in the mainstream. How will conservatorships play out in such a scenario? These are the types of questions asked and the answers are explored within the pages of this book. Muth reiterates the need for people to have better access to effective methods and to ensure people don't feel stigmatized for seeking death on their own terms. I liked how the author uses well-reasoned and researched arguments to make his points. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy philosophical discourse on controversial topics.