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I agree. The ridiculous thing is that in this culture, due to the miserable influence of Christianity, one has to DEFEND the idea. Of course in the classical world it could be a perfectly reasonable and honourable thing to do, though they drew the line at what you might call sentimental suicide:

But the Romans fully approved of what might be termed "patriotic suicide"; death, in other words, as an alternative to dishonour... They disapproved of Mark Antony not because he killed himself, but that he killed himself for love.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Nov 29th, 2008 at 06:49:17 AM EST
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