We’ve had kids sue their parents over inheritance, we’ve had parents sue their kids over neglect, but this is something else.
27-year-old Mumbai businessman Raphael Samuel holds the belief that bringing children into the world is wrong because they have to put up with lifelong suffering, and is therefore suing his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.
This might seem absolutely foolish to most, but his lawsuit is based on a philosophy known as anti-natalism, a conviction that life sucks so much people should stop having children. Furthermore, he told the BBC, would gradually phase out human existence and make Earth a better place.
“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.”Samuel, in an interview with the BBC
According to Vox, anti-natalism has been popularised in the West by philosophers such as David Benatar, who says, “coming into existence, far from ever constituting a net benefit, always constitutes a net harm,” in his book, Better to Never Have Been.
Samuel says that he has been fascinated with this since he was a child, wondering why his parents had him. Gradually, he opened up to his parents about it and says that they are “warming up” to the idea.
He tells the BBC, “Mum said she wished she had met me before I was born and that if she did, she definitely wouldn’t have had me.”
“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.”Samuel’s mother, Kavita Karnad Samuel, in a statement
Kavita Karnad Samuel, his mother, also adds in the statement that it is unfair to judge him based on a small aspect of what he believes in. She cites that his empathy to others’ suffering and his independent thought are positive qualities.
Samuel has said that he has garnered supporters, but whom are afraid to speak out about their beliefs. He has also gained a lot of backlash, with people commenting with criticism on his Facebook page.
So far, he has not had much success with getting a lawyer. But if he does, his mother reassures, “I will destroy you in court.”