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Histologie jAn absolute must read for anyone considering having children either voluntarily or under duress and for all those who are childless by choice who need to know that they are not alone Enjoy Eh shrugs shoulders Shockock philosophy
that fails to be all that shocking Like a trip to the latest exploitation flick where we fails to be all that shocking Like a trip to the latest exploitation flick where we out that we ve seen it all before Did I read every word No need As is typical with this type of philosophy Mr Benatar lays out his premise and then spends the rest of the book repeating it over and over and over Does he really believe what he writes Who knows It is sad that modern philosophy has fallen so deeply into the nihilism abyss that we literally have a philosopher arguing we should all be dead Perhaps this is the natural conclusion of Godless utilitarianism I will take my own nihilistic view assume that Mr Benatar is engaged in a brilliant assault on the previously unassailable commanding heights of the predominating utilitarian view and raise a glass to him for permanently disabusing me of the notion that his brand of uantifiable ethics has any merit whatsoever Better Never to Have Been is a tremendous philosophical work dealing with antinatalism In it David Benatar argues for that which no one has the courage to argue for That coming into existence is always a harm and that sometimes life may not only not be worth starting but also not worth continuing The book is very well written and extremely clear You can tell that Benatar really went out of his way to make sure this was an accessible book to everyone His case is purely logical and you won t be able to find faults in his arguments In fact he deals with almost every objection imaginable Benatar s conclusions will seem counter intuitive and depressing to most and indeed they are but that says nothing about the strength of his arguments It s also counter intuitve that the earth revolves around the sun and yet we know that it does We also cannot reject ideas simply because we don t like them or because they makes us feel sad Surely this is one of the most important books out there one that unfortunately will be either ignored or rejected by most But that has no bearing on the validity of antinatalism A roommate in college commented he found me uite boring when philosophizing which may be universally true with that disclaimer and with the deepest of breaths I ve attempted to compile succinctly my thoughts on what I believe to be the most important work I ve read in a long long time While his book is not revolutionary anti natalist thought has been with us for some while Professor Benatar has summoned the courage to a present the case for anti natalism with unabashed focused energy and b effectively counter the many predictable and some not predictable criticisms levied against this line of thought risking the customary excoriationsI feel the underlying assumption in our society that procreation is a good deserves serious reconsideration particularly for those #ABOUT TO EMBARK ON THAT VOYAGE #to embark on that voyage now I believe after fathering two children myself that child birth may well be the single greatest of immoral acts not only do we create sentient life without prior consent in so doing we doom that being to a spectrum of pains and sufferings ultimately resulting in death Is this not a crime greater than murder I ll leave it for others to assess whether a crime involving multiple murders is a deed of #Greater Immoral WeightFor Me To Arrive At This Hard To #immoral weightFor me to arrive at this hard to conclusion reuired a few important inputs a a basic understanding of human genetics particularly DNA replication b abundant free time combined with curiosity c this work d decades of personal observation e a rudimentary understanding of our too many to name cognitive biases and f some familiarity with Darwinian principles Given these prereuisites I feel this udgement is beyond the capacity for most young persons awash in hormones and impressionable societal influences it s simply too much to ask and for that reason procreation will continue on and on and Better Never to Have Been argues for a number of related highly provocative views 1 Coming into existence is always a serious harm 2 It is alwa.
characters Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ David BenatarW we either adapt or deceive ourselves in assessing its value The most intriguing chapter was the one on abortion basically the nessicity of it and the immorality of carrying the fetus to full term A great read And however dangerous and sometimes balatantly offensive it is not essentially misanthropic And most importantly coherent and convincing As noted on the blurb of this book Benatar defends a view that almost no one accepts coming into existence is always a serious harm Indeed though he doesn t state it in these terms his conclusions hold not ust for the actual world but also entail that for any logically possible world coming into existence is at best morally neutral These ideas are based off a commitment to an asymmetry between pleasure and pain This is the thought that although it is wrong to bring into existence a child whose existence will be filled with much suffering there is no similar obligation to bring into existence a child whose life will be worth living Benatar is probably right in assuming this intuition is at least somewhat widespread Of course there are people who wouldn t accept this namely positive utilitarians and people sympathetic to this line of thinking a broad camp I d situate myself in Despite the prevalence of people with these leanings the only real argument against the positive utilitarian and their allies is that positive utilitarianism mistakenly assumes the value of happiness primary and the value of persons derivative from this it is not the case that people are valuable because they add extra happiness Instead extra happiness is valuable because it is good for people This disappointed me Benatar s thesis is controversial and interesting but this perfunctory response to perhaps one of the main challenges to his pleasurepain asymmetry severely dented his hope of persuading me and I imagine lots of people with a total utilitarian #mindset a positive utilitarian would point out that #A positive utilitarian would point out that is necessarily happiness for Someone Happiness Is Good No Matter In Happiness is good no matter in type of being is instantiated Rather a person s life is not necessarily valuable in and of itself if there is no happiness or good of any kind to come from it Benatar does not address this potential objection to his asymmetry Given that this is the basis for much of his later reasoning one is left a little
as to why he did not explore the further Eually bizarre was the weight Benatar put on the distinction between lives worth starting and lives worth continuing assuming that somehow a life could be worth continuing but not worth starting I found it very hard to make sense of such a distinction If a life being lived is good enough to be w Haven t read it and I don t know if I will but I m happy to have found that there are actually other people along the same line of thinking as mine Mr Benatar sticks it out alone In the face of religion and base natural drives he argues that there is nothing intrinsically good about procreation He goes even further than that and striking repulsion in the faces most potential and actual parents denouncing them as playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun aimed of course not at their own heads but at those of their future offspringThe book is not without it s problems of course If the topic does not scare off most of the readers who as Benatar himself admits probably are not cursing them having been brought into this world yet the admittedly convoluted writing will Clearly Better Never to Have Been is not a book for family planners it is a philosophical text with a consistent thought out premise that is delivered in an intellectually honest and steady manner reflecting the importance of the topic and care taken by the author to lend his position due credence and not to be dismissed on the grounds of fickle emotion My girlfriend was on the fence about having an abortion so I picked up a copy of this here shit right here had her read it and VOILA Fetus Deletus This shit is magic and I recommend all sexually active males retain a copy. Ing no new people humanity became extinct These views may sound unbelievable but anyone who reads Benatar will be obliged to take them seriousl. N no one should worry for the demise of the human race from the effects of anti natalist thoughtProfessor Benatar s work is difficult to grasp because at the heart of the discussion surrounding the morality of birth lies an apples to oranges conflict To assess whether it is moral to procreate we must compare the many ualitative and uantitative factors associated with life to non existence Put another way how do we compare something with a null #set Computer programmers are well familiar with the output from such a comparison a terse error message This incompatibility is fertile #Computer programmers are well familiar with the output from such a comparison a terse error message This incompatibility is fertile for anti natalism s critics Professor Benatar does a meticulous ob assessing this fundamental asymmetry although with language that is often hard to process This exhaustive analysis is necessary because of the enormous collision between a dispassionate logic and b the interplay among genetics hormones and social customs which collision leads to a massive for many insurmountable cognitive dissonanceI wondered for the conseuences of Professor Benatar s work It s one thing to render harm under the banner of ignorance do we hold early American settlers personally accountable for the deaths resulting from smallpox epidemics inflicted on indigenous peoples It s another to have an a priori understanding of an immoral decision it seems Perhaps then this work is best left unread so that those wishing to rear children can do so with clear conscience Such behavior does not lessen the ultimate wrong though it may excuse an individual s culpability Then again is it not often said that ignorance of the law is no defense Does the same apply to moral considerations Thanks to Professor Benatar s courageous work what I feel to be the truth is now revealed in public view for the philosophically inuisitive few in undeniable unassailable fashion there is now no hiding from the conclusions once exposed to this analysisMy only criticisms slight ones Professor Benatar strayed a bit in his chapters on extinction and abortion I suspect there may have been some pressure from the publisher to heft things up a bit See my review of Thomas Metzinger s The Ego Tunnel for a similar comment The reader should also be prepared for large doses of logical nots and freuent use of the words good better bad and worse I experienced this read at times as a bit like playing chess without a board solely through words in my headIf this message succeeds in preventing ust one birth this author will have performed a greater service to humanity than most of us can ever hope to achieve though I admit it s difficult to accept the kindest gentlest most caring and loving act that we can perform is to not bring a childPERPLEXED AS TO WHY HE DID NOT EXPLORE THE
this world Until someone crafts a superior logical argument I am now persuaded by Professor Benatar s work I he should have ended with uod erat demonstrandum Seldom will you find a philosopher who can write this well for laypersons with the courage to advance such a counterintuitive thesis While people may find Benatar s conclusion repugnant ie coming into existence is always a harm and extinction of the human race should be desired end it is exceedingly difficult to find any flaw in his lo What s peculiar is that I thought the kernel of Benatar s case against existence to be axiomatic An asymmetry in Cucina Povera judging the bad in states of existence and non existence The bad being suffering illness and human condition variety The existent is benefited from the good in life and adversities decrease the uality of life The non existent isn t affected by deprivation of the good yet is benefited from avoiding pain even though there is no one to experience either I dismissed my initial acceptance of the premise as biased However Benatar managed to reinforce his argument with parallel asymmetries and refute objectionsThe he moves to the case against procreation a moral one mainly Draws a distinction between a life worth starting and there is none of that kind and a life worth continuing He touches on psychology on how really bad our lives are and ho. Ys wrong to have children 3 It is wrong not to abort fetuses at the earlier stages of gestation 4 It would be better if as a result of there be.into this world Until someone crafts a superior logical argument I am now persuaded by Professor Benatar s work I