We’ve all had the odd tantrum where we scream at our parents and wish we’d never been born, however, one man is taking it a step further and suing mummy and daddy for his unwanted birth.
Although you’ve probably never heard of it, there is a belief known as anti-natalism. It’s basically the idea that you have a right to decide whether you’re born or not — which may be a little tricky when swimming around in the womb.
According to The Print, Mumbai-based Raphael Samuel is taking his parents to court to sue for maintenance because he didn’t ask to be born. Samuel explained, “I want to tell all Indian kids that they don’t owe their parents anything. I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.”
He continued, “My life has been amazing, but I don’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.”
Samuel is part of a group referred to as the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEM). Growing in number by the day, VHEM members believe children should not be brought into the world. It’s important to point out Samuel and the others don’t hate children by any means, they just think kids should be able to decide if they’re born.
The group is sometimes nicknamed ‘Stop Making Babies’ and has an extensive list of reasons why parents are being unfair to their children. Among imposing childhood hardships like pooping yourself, struggling to fit in at school, and trying to make friends, there’s also the idea that reproducing is putting too much strain on the Earth’s resources.
Samuel has a Facebook page where he goes into greater detail about his cause and basically posts a bunch of memes in case anyone was confused by the whole situation. One of his posts reads, “Isn’t forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?”
While there’s probably some logical thought to Samuel’s mind, suing your parents is probably a pretty good way to get people to hate you these days.
Samuel now uses his YouTube channel to spread his teachings and bring more followers into the fold. While anti-natalism seems pretty legitimate, I’m not sure whether Samuel is the real deal or we’re all being set up for Sacha Baron Cohen’s next TV venture.
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