This is inspired by a story I’m writing, but I won’t go into any details because I don’t feel like it and it’s unnecessary anyway.
Imagine someone who hates his life and history with a passion. Let’s stipulate this person has good reason to feel as he does; he’s suffered horrible physical, emotional, and sexual abuse all through his childhood that has left him with severe & long-lasting PTSD.
Now imagine that, through some magical means, this person is given the opportunity to erase all of his memories. The process will take only a moment, and when the person awakes, he will be a tabula rasa. No memory with any emotional connotation will ever be accessible to that person’s conscious or unconscious mind again. Since we’re talking magic, the person retains his language, motor, and other such skills; it’s just that he has no memory of his identity before the engram wipe, no idea how he acquired the ability to speak, ride a bicycle, use a computer, etc.
Is undergoing such a process suicide? Why or why not?