Situational Antinatalism

When it comes to winning the antinatalism debate (which, if you look at any of them, the antinatalist always wins the debate), I’ve come up with a new strategy to shut down pretty much ever pronatalist argument and use that to further imply why antinatalism is true.

Situational antinatalism is simple and profound enough that pretty much everyone agrees with it. The only ones who I have found reject it are individuals who are suffering from the most severe forms of the most common mental illness on the planet (namely religion). Basically, almost everyone I’ve ever encountered can agree that there are certain life forms that would have been better off being spared existence. Those with extreme mental and/or physical disabilities, animals raised solely for meat or other animal byproducts, among others qualify as such. There’s effectively no argument that these individuals would have been better off being spared existence. I’ve not personally met anyone who will disagree with these (though, most of them in their hypocritical ways continue to consume meat and/or animal byproducts, go figure).

That said, it is very easy to see how situational antinatalism implies general antinatalism. Given the level of uncertainty about what kind of existence awaits a potential individual, it is always best not to procreate. Nobody knows if a new, pre-sentient individual will be one of the many individuals cursed with severe mental/physical handicap. Since it is pretty much universally agreed upon that such individuals would be better off never existing, and given the fact that there is a statistically significant chance that any new individual will be afflicted with such a malady, we see that the risk heavily outweighs any potential benefit.

In short, the element of uncertainty and risk is the nail in the coffin for the pronatalist argument. Note I did not even invoke the Benatarian asymmetry here. While an elegant and watertight argument in favor of antinatalism, it’s practically impossible to convince anyone of the truth value of it. That said, when I argue for antinatalism from this argument, very rarely does the other person walk away not agreeing with me. I’ve even managed to convince my own mother of it, who has since apologized to me for bringing me into existence. No joke. Go figure, one’s own offspring turning his own mother to antinatalism. I never thought I’d see the day.

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About coolchildfreeguy

Childfree guy living in Mexico City. Professional pilot by day, all-around fun guy by night.

Posted on July 14, 2015, in Antinatalism, Childfree, Efilism, Parenting, Philosophy, Religion and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. handsfreetyping

    Any update on the cancer diagnosis?

  2. A reader sent me a question regarding your blog. Before I pass judgment upon you in any way, I wanted to hear it from you: do you still support private racist discrimination and oppose interracial relations as per this comment:
    https://coolchildfreeguy.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/here-we-fucking-go/#comments

    • Fair questions.

      First off, economically/politically speaking I am a total laissez faire capitalist (as in Ayn Rand level). I feel that private businesses should be able to freely and openly discriminate against whoever they want (be it based on sex, race, religion, orientation, whatever) at the expense of losing business. That is their choice and they must live with the consequences of their decision.

      In regards to your second question, though I have moral/philosophical objections to interracial relations (which I have explained elsewhere), I don’t think it should be illegal nor do I support laws banning interracial marriage. I see it the same way as many religious groups see same-sex marriage: not really “right” but that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. There’s a difference between private entities and the government. The government should not be allowed to discriminate against anyone for any reason.

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