A 27-year-old man from Mumbai is planning to sue his parents……for giving birth to him……”without his consent.” My first thought when reading this was that it must be a “bit,” a put on, a brilliant parody. The only other possibility is insanity.
Raphael Samuel says he personally has a great relationship with his parents but still compares having children to “kidnapping” and “slavery.” Samuel is part of an apparently growing number of “anti-natalists” who believe it is wrong to bring an unwilling child into the world and put it through the “rigamarole” of life solely for the pleasure of its parents. Samuel is on record as stating: “I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.”
Get over yourself.
Samuel termed his life as “amazing” but insisted he can’t see “why I should put another life through the rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist.” He has a Facebook page that labels parents “hypocrites,” and says, “a good parent” puts the child above his or her own wants and needs, while averring “but the child itself is a want of the parent.”
Think about that. Samuel’s parents didn’t ask to exist, either. Nor did his grandparents. Or their grandparents. People who are thrilled to be alive didn’t ask to be, either. No plant or animal species, no living creature has ever asked to exist. The Earth itself didn’t ask to exist. Yet here we all are. So, Sammy, it seems as if your beef is really with God. Good luck with that. Oh, you don’t believe in any God? Did Mother Nature forget to ask you if you wanted to exist before you existed? What a faux pas! That bitch! Did evolution let you down? Bleep Darwin, anyway. I wonder if he granted the powers that be/the cosmos permission to give birth to him?
Probably not. Though he did say: “The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us.”
After he came into existence.
To anti-natalists, the moral thing to do is to plan for our own extinction. Can one have eternal life without ever having been born? Anti-natalists might want to ponder that.
Suing the God of Genesis is probably a fruitless endeavor.