The python module threading has an object
start can be generic and make sense because it just fires off the target of the thread, but what would a generic
stop do? Depending upon what your thread is doing, you could have to close network connections, release system resources, dump file and other streams, or any number of other custom, non-trivial tasks. Any system that could do even most of these things in a generic way would add so much overhead to each thread that it wouldn't be worth it, and would be so complicated and shot through with special cases that it would be almost impossible to work with. You can keep track of all created threads without
joining them in your main thread, then check their run state and pass them some sort of termination message when the main thread shuts itself down though.