First this disclaimer, aimed at those in the mental health establishment who think they know better than me what to do with MY life:
I, James Crawford, have not experienced suicidal ideation in several years, nor have I EVER attempted suicide either by active or passive means (Christ, look what we've come to!).
Now to the post proper:
I just wandered downstairs a few minutes ago, and on my way outside to have a smoke (yes, I know...coffin nails), I happened to catch a few minutes of the new episode of 'House' (apologies to fans of the show, but I find the protagonist a trifle too glib). It seems the patient of the week made a suicide attempt, and there followed a conversation between two of the doctors about the 'morality' of the attempt. Doctor #1 seemed somewhat sympathetic, while doctor #2 saw fit to chastise the man for what he perceived to be an act of selfishness.
"The guy had no right! What about his wife and kids?" (paraphrase)
Now, here's my question- what's the difference between this attitude, and the following situational statement?
"We're holding you hostage until you pay up; however, we'll try to make your stay as comfortable as we can."