There was a significantly wealthy merchant in Ancient Greece. He lived in an enormous mansion surrounded by acres of land and gorgeous private gardens.
However, his luxurious life was disturbed by the poor and depressed locals, as he had the mightiest fig tree in town. This tree was a guaranteed pass to the other world; the locals were trespassing on his private land to hang themselves on it.
No one knew exactly whether our rich merchant was upset by seeing death around him so often, or whether he was just annoyed by it as it added needless hassle to his busy schedule. Nevertheless, he decided to cut the fig tree down. He asked one of his servants to announce to the public that they had exactly one week to kill themselves before the tree was gone.
Was our merchant being cruel by inviting people to kill themselves, or was he being utterly ‘democratic’, which was rather fashionable in those days?