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Old 1st October 2008, 01:25 PM
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Default Britain has morally disintegrated

There are a lot of unbelievable news coming out of Britain and parts of Europe lately. This news article was about a boy who was contemplating suicide by jumping off a building. A crowd gathered and heckled him to jump. When he did jump, they took pictures of his body.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,431195,00.html

This is also a good example of using the 3 fonts of morality. These teens who taunted the depressed kid are certainly partially guilty for his suicide.

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Old 1st October 2008, 04:32 PM
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And I suppose this would be an example of explicit formal cooperation?
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Old 1st October 2008, 04:42 PM
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Is encouraging someone to commit suicide the sin itself or cooperation?

If the individual is in some way severely disadvantaged, so that they have a reducted ability to decide for themselves what to do, perhaps due to mental illness or mental handicap, and if the person or group has sufficient influence to be the main determinant in whether or not the sin is committed, then that person or group would be guilty of the sin itself, because they decided to cause the sin to occur. It is analogous to a man hiring another man to commit murder. Though the first man does not carryout the act, he was the one who caused the sin of murder to occur. Therefore, he is as guilty of the sin.

If the individual is mentally compentant and a person or group is encouraging suicide, then their actions are explicit formal cooperation. They did not have the power to determine whether or not the sin occurred, but their actions were directly related to the sin itself, and not indirectly through an essential or non-essential circumstance.

Taking pictures of a suicide for sensationalism or some type of perverse enjoyment would be mediate material cooperation.
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Old 1st October 2008, 05:00 PM
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When reading the story, I got the impression that this kid was reaching out for help.

The authorities were in dialog with him to get him out of danger. When the teens started taunting him, it changed his mind, or reverted his thinking that he should just jump because no one cared. So, he may have considered taking the jump when he went on the ledge, but really just wanted help. He was receiving help from the police that gave him the hope to reconsider. The teens took that away from him.

I personally think they would be guilty of the sin itself. (with assumptions)

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