Monthly Archives: March 2013
It seems like a big misconception people have about antinatalism is it’s some sort of new philosophy conjured up by depressed people to rationalize their depression. Well, the fact of the matter is that this claim is simply not true. Antinatalism is not new nor is it necessarily only depressed people who subscribe to this theory.
The reality is that antinatalism has been around for millennia and many of the most respected philosophers in history were antinatalists. This club includes none other than Aristotle, whose antinatalism was so strong that not only did he claim that life was not worth starting, but also that life was so bad that it was not worth continuing!
“Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is: to die soon.” – Aristotle
It seems as though he’s not only promoting antinatalism, but also suicide in the same breath. One can only wonder then why Aristotle didn’t commit suicide himself, or maybe if he did but we’re unaware of his method of death. Who knows, he lived so long ago it would be hard to know exactly how he died.
So there we have it, Aristotle, probably one of the top 3 most respected philosophers (along with Socrates and Plato) shows himself to be an antinatalist. A man regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of all time managed to figure out even in his time that it’s better never to have been. So much for the notion of antinatalism being a modern invention.
There are some people in this life who are absolutely destined for failure from the time they are born. One would be hard-pressed to argue against this absolute fact. There are people born with disabilities too great to overcome (deaf/blind, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, among other things). Some people with no disabilities at all will, through circumstance and no fault of their own, never be given the tools to be successful in life. These people are absolutely destined through failure through no fault of their own.
In that light, the question arises: why take the risk? Why take the risk of bringing a child into this world who is destined for failure? There is a much greater chance that your child will be destined for failure than your child being destined for greatness. By “greatness” I mean how people love to think their kid is going to cure cancer, be CEO of a Fortune 500 company, among other things. I don’t mean “successful” as in run-of-the-mill successful, although being “run-of-the-mill” successful still probably isn’t that satisfying of a life.
But let’s even take “run-of-the-mill” successful which most people still aren’t. Maybe that’s the “norm” in the first world (which I doubt due to the media masking the misfortunes of most of the population even in first world countries), but not in most places. The reality is the vast majority of people live in third-world nations. These people are absolutely destined for failure and it would be almost impossible to argue otherwise.
Is it really worth that big of a gamble? Each time one brings a child into this world, it is a gamble and a big one at that. Though it isn’t one’s own money or one’s own life he/she is gambling with. It is another’s life. The parents aren’t the ones directly affected by the risk. It is the child who is directly affected, and that’s what makes it even more seemingly unethical to have children. Once again we see that parents don’t have children for their children’s sake, but purely for their own.
Once again, antinatalism reigns supreme and this is yet another absolute and incontestable refutation of pronatalism.
Well, today I add another year to my age. I’ve been on this planet for 26 years as of 9:52 CST this morning. You’d think I’d be partying or doing something to celebrate, right? Heh, not in your wildest dreams.
I don’t know if many antinatalists have thought about this, but I’ve been pondering on this for the past week leading up to my birthday. Why do we even celebrate birthdays? What’s so great about them? If one is an antinatalist, there’s absolutely nothing great about them for your birthday is the very day you were cursed with this awful thing known as an earthly existence!
Since it’s better never to have been, that means one’s birthday is a reason to mourn, not to celebrate! For had you never had a birthday you’d have never been brought into existence! My logic might be cold, but admit it, it is completely undeniable. We really should be sending each other sympathy cards for our birthdays, not happy cards!!!
Well, it’s Monday night which is one of my two bowling nights, so I’m going to be bowling anyway. I luckily my teammates have no earthly clue it’s my birthday. I wouldn’t want them to surprise me with a cake or something, that would suck.
I will say though, I said something similar to this on another blog and someone actually DID send me a sympathy e-card this morning. I got a pretty good laugh out of that. If anything, having a birthday was worth it just to be amused by that.
Sorry I’ve not had much blogging fodder lately, but Shantel, one of my faithful readers, sent this to me and it’s truly worthy of a jaw drop!
Just when I thought stupid moos couldn’t get any stupider, they stoop to an all new low. Seriously, who the fuck gets a tattoo of a half (well, not even half) eaten apple? If that’s the most exciting thing you have going for you, well, that just reinforces why I’m CF. At least I get out and do fun stuff. If watching your toddler eat an apple is the most fun you’ve had in awhile, you really need to get a life.