Let's see if I can get my train of thought down in some semblance of order.
I got to thinking about a scene from a movie where a woman (VERY unhappy with some things she's recently had to do) is in a locked, metal cage that is subsequently submerged in water. When the hero tries to save her from drowning, she first tries to disuade him with gesture, gives up on that and goes to the back of the cage where she deliberately tries to take a breath.
My thought on this was 'Could someone argue that was suicide?" On the one hand, drowning was certain in the next minute or so. On the other hand, DEATH is certain for everyone at some point.
Could deliberately inducing drowning now instead of involantarily in 30 seconds be suicide?
Obviously, some part of me says yes and some part of me says no, and so I am forced to look at my definition of 'suicide'. And it comes up nebulous in at least one particular.
-> Is giving in gracefully to inevitable death a form of suicide?
Is going peacefully to the executioner a kind of suicide?
Is failing to fight a terminal illness, so you die 6 months sooner than you would if you fought it, a form of suicide?
If the answers are yes, does that mean not desperately trying to find a way to make yourself immortal is a form of suicide?
But if the answers are no.... what IS suicide?
What difference between dying now, instead of 30 seconds from now? Or dying now, instead of a year from now? Or dying now, instead of 20, 40, 60 years from now?
Is it a matter of degree? Where does one draw the line?