I was busy reading through an Orthodox Pastoral letter on the subject of suicide – as you do – and came across this comment:
Notwithstanding its strong general stance against the moral permissibility of suicide, the Church, historically, has offered a balanced teaching on this issue. On the one hand, the Church has maintained the normative position described above by condemning acts of suicide and by declining to offer a funeral service and burial to suicide victims. This dimension of the Church’s teaching has underscored the sacredness of physical life and the responsibility of human beings to express proper self-love, gratitude, and hope. This dimension has also served as an intended deterrent for those suffering suicidal thoughts.
Does anybody have any ideas as to what the “responsibility of human beings to express proper self-love” actually entails? What does self-love mean in practice? And what benefit is it?
Is this possibly touching on the ability to have self-compassion; something I find hard, and not to be confused with self-pity, which I am very adept at.
Would really appreciate your thoughts.