by Jon Guze
Senior Fellow, Legal Studies, John Locke Foundation
Mumbai businessman Raphael Samuel told the BBC that it’s wrong to bring children into the world because they then have to put up with lifelong suffering.
Mr Samuel … insists that “it was not our decision to be born”.
So as we didn’t ask to be born, we should be paid for the rest of our lives to live, he argues. …
According to Samuel, he’s not complaining about the quality of his own life–“it’s not that I’m unhappy in my life. My life is good”–his complaint is about the quality of human life in general:
“There’s no point to humanity. So many people are suffering. If humanity is extinct, Earth and animals would be happier. They’ll certainly be better off. Also no human will then suffer. Human existence is totally pointless.”
His parents don’t seem to be too concerned:
In a statement, his mother Kavita Karnad Samuel explained her response to “the recent upheaval my son has created”.
“I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. And 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,” she said.
The Commenters at Reddit’s r/law subreddit had fun with this one:
That’s some good mom snark right there. …
I’d also like to sue his parents for him being born. …
We have all considered doing this at some point in our lives.