We imagine that teen angst and angry remarks like, “I didn't even ask to be born,” is just a phase for kids going through hormonal changes, but for one man in New Delhi, India, he has carried teenage frustration over into adulthood and wants to take his parents to court for giving birth to him without first asking for his consent.
We are not entirely sure whether 27-year-old Raphael Samuel is a bona fide anti-natalist or if he is simply posting satirical content as his badly applied fake beard and over-the-top expressions do give us the impression that he may be doing this for comic purposes.
Anti-natalism is a philosophical belief that people should abstain from procreation because giving birth to sentient beings without asking for their consent is morally wrong. According to Samuel, he does not bear any ill-will towards children or life itself, but he believes that a life form which has not given its consent to live should not be brought into the world and be subjected to the hardships of life.
Samuel considers himself a victim of life who was forced to exist in this world, so the young Indian man plans to take his parents to court to air his grievances.
“I want to tell all Indian kids that they don’t owe their parents anything,” Samuel told The Paper. “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 put another life through the rigmarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist.”
Samuel runs an anti-natalism Facebook page where he regularly posts anti-procreation messages like “Isn’t forcing a child into this world and forcing it to have a career, kidnapping and slavery?” or “Your parents had you instead of a toy or a dog, you owe them nothing, you are their entertainment”.
Ever since news broke of this bizarre court case, his page, Nihilanand, went from 431 followers to over 4,000 followers and continues to grow rapidly as more bewildered and/or interested individuals start following this development.
“Other Indian people must know that it is an option not to have children, and to ask your parents for an explanation as to why they gave birth to you,” Samuel said.
Although still small in number, India’s anti-natalist movement is growing at a steady pace and plans to set up a national-level organization that works on spreading awareness about child-free living. Their arguments range from ethical ones to easing the strain on Earth’s resources or defying societal pressure.
“This is a completely voluntary, non-violent movement,” said Pratima Naik, a 28-year-old engineering graduate and one of the leaders of the anti-natalist movement. “We don’t want to impose our beliefs on anyone, but more people need to consider why having a child in the world right now isn’t right.”
It is interesting to note though that India’s child-free movement consists mostly of highly educated, upper or middle-class people.