We have been raised to believe that procreation is noble and having children is one of the most amazing experiences. But could it be otherwise?
Rabat – An Indian man from Bombay has shared his plan to sue his parents for giving birth to him, saying that they ought to have asked for his consent first.
Raphael Samuel, a 27-year-old businessman in India’s most populous city, made headlines this week after he took to various social media platforms to politely rebuke his parents for compounding the suffering of the world by giving birth to him.
Samuel, in an interview with Indian outlet Latestly said that he enjoys a friendly relationship with his parents, who are “very proud of me for my independent thinking.” He said that he is not suing them for any mistreatment he may have suffered.
He said he had an “amazing” childhood. Instead, he is suing his parents because they were only interested in their own “joy and pleasure” when they decided to have him. Not only did they not ask his consent, but they were also being “narcissistic.”
Samuel is a proponent of anti-natalism, a school of thought—reportedly surging in India—which contends that humans are destructive and negative beings. In addition to aggravating human misery such as wars, extreme poverty, and famine, humans are also a negative force for the environment, according to anti-natalists.
He said in his interview with Latestly, “Procreation is the most narcissistic act on Earth. Ask anyone why they procreate it will always start with ‘I wanted.’ Introducing a child into a world that is suffering is wrong. An antinatalist’s agenda is to convince people to stop reproducing. Why? Because life involves a lot of suffering.”
Another point Samuel raised is that humans “should be paid”—he did not say by whom—to live because coming into the world was not their choice in the first place. For Samuel, a considerable amount of the world’s suffering could be avoided if people did not exist at all.
According to antinatalists, the Guardian caricatured, “the optimal outcome for humanity is extinction.” Samuel agrees. In one of his Facebook posts, he likened living, school, and a professional career to “slavery” and “kidnapping.” He asked, “Why must I suffer? Why must I work?”
Surprisingly perhaps, Samuel’s parents are supposedly ready to go to court to challenge their son’s case. Both his parents are “good lawyers” and seem eager to prove that he does not have enough judicial elements to challenge them, according to a statement from his mother, which Samuel shared on his Facebook.
The statement said: “I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. If Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault.”