I recently took a philosophy course and was given this question to answer. I was wondering what your thoughts were.
A close friend of yours has just confided in you that he plans to kill himself.
Similar to Camus “Myth of Sisyphus”, his stated explanation is that;
I have always been intensely curious about my own existence, the hereafter and whether we transcend with any awareness. Having explored and been frustrated in discerning a relevant truth about my state of being, the next logical step for me is to cause my own death and perhaps find the answers I have always searched for.
The reason I tell you now, is so that you can tell others that this was not done in the grips of any depression, loneliness or sickness, so that they do not feel any guilt about my death.
You know this person to be a deep thinker, sincere and financially comfortable, having a close group of friends and family, but no dependants.
If you failed to convince him not to commit suicide, would you physically try to stop him?