When I started to write “Boomercide: From Woodstock To Suicide” I thought that I might be the only Baby Boomer contemplating suicide as a life planning tool. From discussions with other folks, it appears that I am not alone. Find out why I think that this is the case.
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“Boomercide: From Woodstock to Suicide” offers a personal examination of my decision to use suicide as a life and financial planning tool. I view the idea of committing a rational suicide as a deliberate and mindful approach to life management. I simply find fate too random.
My concept of rational suicide is based on the idea that a person could actually make a sane, fully conscious decision about the benefits of ending one’s life on a specific date based on an assessment of his or her future. Think of it this way…
“Will your future bring you more joy than grief?”
Despite the fact that a form of personal life-management is already embedded in the practice of creating advance health care directives (as in do not resuscitate), I think that there is a bit of baby boomer hedonism and even narcissism driving my decision as well. I have the right to choose – I am in charge of my life. Why can’t I choose when and how to die?
My research on suicide and interviews with other Baby Boomers confirms that I am not alone in thinking about this approach. Baby Boomers now have the highest rate of suicide. I believe that this rate is going to increase as we deal with age related issues of declining health and limited finances. Consider the simple fact that the 55 – 64 age group has a higher life expectancy that any group before it yet has, on average, only $78,000 in retirement funds.