Confessions of an Antinatalist. Publisher: Nine Banded Books. Author: Jim Crawford. Release Date: Out Now! Price: $ U.S. Shipping: Jim Crawford – Confessions of an Antinatalist – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. A review of Confessions of an Antinatalist by Jim Crawford, a memoir-cum- manifesto explaining why human life should not exist.

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The prevention of pain and suffering is only meaningful in the context of life. Turns out, they can only decide once they are alive.

Consuming the first half of the book, Crawford goes through his upbringing in seventies California, his membership in a cult, his marriage and children, his stint with homelessness, confessionss his long, arduous journey to antinatalizt present day. They say childhood is careless because you’re dependednt on parents and don’t have to worry about bills or other grown up problems, but you also have to be living by somebody else’s rules all the time, ask for stuff and hope your parents don’t dismiss what you’re saying.

Confessions of an Antinatalist

That’s a pretty thorough and exhaustive analysis. Knowing this, and understanding full well that any particular life embodies the potential for experiencing extreme pain and unhappiness — unceasing in some cases — is procreation really worth the risk? Again, it cuts both ways. Jim Crawford writes engagingly, persuasively, and despite the grim topic humorously.

I believe the joys of life, especially those derived from shared experiences with loved ones, greatly outweigh suffering. By contrast, a humanist value system requires only this natural world.

Childhood sucks and Confessions of an Antinatalist

No trivia or quizzes yet. So if you accept the decision to not have children, then logically you must also accept the decision to have children. But I suppose we have some agreement in there. How can one act morally toward someone who does not exist? I had to add one more thing: Moreover, certain humans suffer MUCH less than others, both in physical and non-physical ways. It was summer and bejesus hot, and my feet and ankles swelled up due to my uncontrolled high blood pressure to the point where all I could wear were unbuckled sandals.


As a 40 year old married childless woman who has run the gauntlet of questions, disbelief and pleas from those demanding to know what is wrong with me, I’d direct them to this book and then to the teachings of Philip Larkin, and his amazing poem This Be The Verse. When one creates a child, one has no idea whether that child will be one of your optimistically happy-outweighs-sad children, or the opposite, yet YOU as the parent take the risk anyway, concluding from your experience that your experience is universal.

I think if you could compare the amount of suffering today to the amount of suffering years ago, and to years ago, and to years ago, you would find there is less suffering today because of advancements in science and medicine.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So, the price of existence is suffering.

Knowing this, and understanding full well that any particular life embodies the potential for experiencing extreme pain and unhappiness unceasing in some cases is procreation really worth the risk? Suffering is not inherent antinatalisy personhood, only the potential for suffering is.

As I have said, suffering or the prevention thereof has meaning only in the context of human life. Aug 30, Sophy H rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is also the problem of uncertainty or risk there is no way of knowing in advance how much a particular being will suffer and, depending on your ethical outlook, there is the problem of consent since a person cannot consent to being created.

Glad you realize that in order for your previous comment to make any sense, every human must be logically categorized as a sufferer. OK, not literally, but you get my drift.

Childhood sucks and Confessions of an Antinatalist

Why not focus only on pleasure, and come to the exact opposite conclusion? A sufferer is one who suffers.

People as cannon fodder for a fanciful vision. Most people who truly believe that are no longer with us. Then how is it our place to condemn that person to non-existence? I used to labor under the impression that all humans suffered at some point in their lives, some much more than others, and that no one could predict how much a given person would suffer. You’re right, at least as adult you’re the one in control, however ill prepared and unqualified, because parents oftentimes aren’t any more prepared to make the best choice or find the best solution to a problem for their kid.


And we are simply back to where we started. Two things, however, are certain. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Maybe you haven’t achieved much in an adult world, but you can always tell some kid how to live because you’re taller and have more visible wrinkles on your face.

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Before the first hominid stood up to get a better look over the savannah, was there something fundamentally missing in the universe? Donald rated it it was ok Sep 17, condessions A person suffers sometimes, not all the time, as you know. To opt against bringing a new being into existence is to guarantee that a potential being will not suffer the harm of death.

I must value myself on some unconscious, unspoken level before I have even uttered a abtinatalist or had a single thought. Congrats on the book jim. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sep 30, Shehzad Ehmez rated it it was amazing.

Religion offers us the ability to deny that cold undeniable fact, and live comfortably during our lives with the delusion that our suffering is for a greater cause, that we will be compensated, ultimately, for having to put up with the realities of life, and ultimately, death.