- Jun 8, 2023
Non sequitur. The fact that most people don't commit suicide is not evidence that the human race is overall happy: https://nonvoluntary-antinatalism.com/suicide/There are more people who live happy, productive lives, and die from illness or old age than there are who commit suicide. So, the human race are, overall, HAPPY living.
Not only that, but individuals are not statistics, and the suffering of the unhappy ones is not compensated by the happiness of the others. Also, those who would be happy if created would never even be in a position to regret not living in case their parents abstained from procreation, whereas those who are miserable can indeed regret being created once they are born. Existence creates both the need for happiness, and the need to avoid suffering, whereas in non-existence those needs just are not there. The point is simple: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Existence can't be an improvement over non-existence, because claiming otherwise would imply that in the latter state (or, more precisely, non-state) there is some deficiency that needs to be fixed. But that is nothing but either a projection by procreators, or a convenient excuse to attempt to justify one's purely self-interested desire to gamble with a prospective being's welfare for one's gratification, or to serve society's otherwise temporary needs that would cease to exist if society no longer existed. Gratification of oneself (something the pursuit of which is at times regretted by parents) being honestly the more likely reason. Why should a miserable life be sacrificed either to ensure the happy existence of beings who would never be deprived of anything by remaining unborn, or for the selfish gratification of breeders? Why should that be a good reason?
If I gambled with someone else's money while said person was unconscious (and thus unable to give or refuse consent), because I think I can win a larger sum of money, would that be a justifiable reason to gamble with said finances? Why? Because they couldn't say "yes, go to Las Vegas and gamble with my money, that would be cool", or "no, don't do that" while they were unconscious? Indeed, it's even worse than that, because at least that sleeping person might actually need more money, and thus be in a state that needs some kind of improvement, but the unborn need absolutely none of the goods life could or would grant them if they were created, while being incapable of suffering.