Have you ever been so troubled that you regret being born? We know it happens sometimes but it always get better right? Anyway, a 27 year old man, is taking his parents to court for giving birth to him “without his consent”.
Raphael Samuel who is originally from Mumbai is said to be an “anti-natalist” (someone who assigns a negative value to birth and believes that life is full of misery that humans should stop procreating). He argues that it is unfair to subject a child to lifelong suffering because their children chose to have ‘fun’.
He said that people must know it is an option to not have children and to ask your parents for an explanation as to why they gave birth to you. He believes that parents owe children for bringing them joy rather than the other way around.
Mr. Samuel garnered overnight fame in India after he outlined his philosophical stance in a series of YouTube videos in which he is disguised with sunglasses and a large, fake, ill-fitting beard.
In his video he talks about the myth of respecting elders in India but says what we should be respecting is people’s actions. He asks “has that person treated you well? Is that person giving you freedom? Is that person encouraging your growth? He talks about respecting people for who they are instead of merely their position.
Interestingly, he claims that he has a good relationship with his parents, but considers them selfish because they only brought him into the world for their joy.
“I love my parents and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure. My life has been amazing but I don’t see why I should be put another life through rigmarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist,” he said.
Mr. Samuels’s parents are both lawyers. His mother Kavita Karnard said that she is happy that her son has grown into a fearless, independent thinking young man who is sure to find his path to happiness. She has however warned him to brace himself for a tough court case.
Mr. Samuel is now looking for a lawyer to take up his case.