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Katsia rated it really liked it Dec 18, As I have said, suffering or the prevention thereof has meaning only in the context of human life. As far as blind faith is concerned, yes a blind humanist value of human life, and a blind theist value of God are equally legitimate. She is a liar, a snakeoil peddler bartering chimera for generative fluid, which she sucks out of us before casting our withered husks onto the fire.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The problems start when one of these potentials becomes manifest in the real world. Just goes to show that there are many ways and places that faith can be misplaced.

I know that you will argue that the potential person whose existence is contemplated and denied will not experience any of the joys and benefits that may have come, which is true. He talks about David Benatar idea that the infliction pain is immoral amtinatalist the birth of a new person into this life of suffering will surely cause them harm.

Once in existence, the question is moot. In just straight Russian Roulette, there is cofnessions reason to play because if you win, you are no better off than if you never took the gamble in the first place. Life is a mixture of good and bad, or so they say. The choice to play still entails what amounts to unacceptable risk by most moral reckoning. Now you may say that, all things considered, I should get interested in football because my life would become more exciting if I did.

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Pain lf one kind of experience. Only an existing being can agree or disagree in the first place. Those who are never born are not there to be glad, but we can make that statement with regard to the interests they would have had had they been born.


But it exists uniformly across the species. Because as far as the game of football is concerned, you are non-existent.

They say childhood is careless because you’re dependednt on parents and don’t have to worry about bills or other grown antinata,ist problems, but you also have to be living by somebody else’s rules all the time, ask for stuff and hope your parents don’t dismiss what you’re saying.

In effect, Jim ignores the possibility of pleasure, knowing that it may or may not be there, but suffering and death is guaranteed. Note that reworded this can say: But I exist and hence experience deprivation and the need for excitement; if I had never existed, I would not have had that problem, and not giving a shit about football would have absolutely no negative effects for me.

Jim, I really enjoyed it. Constantly living awaiting the best still somewhere in the future, still about to manifest itself some day. Even evolution has undergone major changes since then. Knowing this, and understanding full well that any particular life embodies the potential for experiencing extreme pain and unhappiness unceasing in some cases is procreation really worth the risk?

In the absence of existence, there are no negatives and no positives. If I assume from the start that there is a God, then it follows quite logically that I should worship him, order my life around him, etc. Even if one loathes the idea of antinatalism on its face, the questions that Crawford raises confeesions such that everyone would be well advised to confront, for someday they may be called upon by their offspring to answer them.

No zn, no such goal to prevent touchdowns.

So the author encourages people to think about what good it will be to bring a new person into existence in this meaningless and miserable life. Not better or worse, just different. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. But again repetition being necessarythe crucial point is that the pre-existential denial of life can never constitute a harm against the person who could have been. The antinatalit of his book is Confessions of an Antinatalistbut it could just as well be Memoirs of a Humanistfor what could be more human than outrage at human suffering.


THIS is the state of affairs we choose to subject our children to.

Confessions of an Antinatalist

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While we are obviously animals, we are just as obviously not mindless, and our great advantage over other animals is that we can resist and question our instincts and impulses and consider the consequences of our actions before we act.

In Confessions of an AntinatalistCrawford reflects on what it means to exist in the belly of a ravening serpent-life whose only prey is itself, and whose teeth are very, very sharp. Nor have I ever once pretended that the video game incident should be perceived as successful on its own. Without life, that goal has no meaning.

At the same time, I realize that if I were interested in [existing], then it would make sense for me to want to [experience pleasure] and want to minimize the [amount of pain].

Turns out, they can only decide once they are alive. Lists with Antinatalis Book. Potential persons have benefit foisted upon them as well. The bigger the fire, the bigger the fool.

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And we are simply back to where we started. Well written, easy to read and puts the points over clearly and concisely. You might like him. I beg your pardon for my gross irresponsibility; I hereby amend my statement to read: I’ve always maintained that all atheists are by necessity conefssions. I think therefore I am. Shell rated it really liked it May 31,