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What do you say to a child who asks you why he is on earth?
You did not exist before being generated by your parents. Would it have been bad had your parents not had children?
Apart from the question of whether you think it is important that just you have been conceived: Is the existence of human beings in general important to you?
Ought human beings to exist irrespective of the conditions under which they exist?
If no one procreated as from today, there would hardly be any humans on earth in some 100 years from now. No one to suffer from diseases, in famines and from natural catastrophes or on the death bed.
If you are in favour of humans being here in 200 years from now: how would you justify this in the face of the evils mentioned above?
How far into the future does your interest in humanity’s continued existence stretch?
Do you hold that the happiness which some people experience compensates for the suffering many other people go through?
Do you believe that the suffering somebody experiences now is compensated for by the happiness that he experienced in the past or might experience in the future?
Our freedom always includes the freedom to do evil as well. Do you think it is an integral part of our dignity to be able to harm someone and liable of being harmed at any time?
Is it not so that the generation of human beings is immoral as nobody can guarantee them a humane life and death free from severe suffering?
The lamentation „It would have been better not to have been born“ is almost as old as morality.
Should you not favour the existence of people 200 years from now – until which point in time (if at all) was procreation justifiable:
– People never ought to have existed.
– Until the First Worldwar and Armeniocide.
– Until the Judeocide
– Until the invention of the atomic bomb.
– Until the Rwandan genocide.
– Other caesura:
Is it not so that procreation implies moral complicity with the suffering that ensues?
In a few billion years our sun will have morphed into a red giant rendering impossible the continued existence of living beings on earth. Ought we to wait until we singe or should we phase out before by means of abstention from procreation? If so, how much time before should we phase out?
Would you like to be the creator responsible for this world? If you had not been able to create a world different from the one known to us – would you have refrained from creation for all time, remaining blissfully by yourself?
If you, in the fictitious role as a Maker, had refrained from creating the world, would you not then have to reject our creation of people which is mimicking God?
[ *by Karim Akerma and Guido Kohlbecher]