Man wants to sue his parents for giving birth to him 'without his consent'

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Jul 7, 2004
Man wants to sue his parents for giving birth to him 'without his consent' as part of 'anti-natalist' movement that says having children is morally wrong
  • Raphael Samuel, 27, has compared having children to 'kidnapping and slavery'
  • On his Facebook page he sends anti-natalist posts to hundreds of followers
  • He intends to sue his parents despite having a 'great relationship' with them
PUBLISHED: 04:16 EST, 4 February 2019 | UPDATED: 04:39 EST, 4 February 2019

A man is planning to sue his parents in India for giving birth to him 'without his consent'.
Raphael Samuel said he had a 'great relationship' with his parents but has compared having children to 'kidnapping and slavery'.
The 27-year-old from Mumbai is an 'anti-natalist' who believes it is wrong to put an unwilling child through the 'rigmarole' of life for the pleasure of its parents.
The anti-natalist movement is gaining traction in India as younger people resist social pressure to have children.

Raphael Samuel in one of the posts on his Facebook page, Nihilanand, where he posts anti-natalist material suggesting that parents are 'hypocrites'
Speaking to The Print Samuel said: '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 rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn't ask to exist.'
Samuel runs a Facebook page called Nihilanand, which has hundreds of followers, on which he regularly posts anti-natalist material.
One image is captioned 'parents are hypocrites', with the text saying: 'A good parent puts the child above is wants and needs... but the child itself is a want of the parent'.

A similar meme posted on the Facebook page reads: 'If parents truly know what is good for their children... why did they have them?'
Another asks: 'Isn't forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?'.
In yet another picture he writes: 'The only reason your children are facing problems is because you had them'.

Another of the images on Samuel's Facebook page. He said he had a 'great relationship' with his parents but has compared having children to 'kidnapping and slavery'
Some anti-natalist activists in India also argue that having children is a strain on Earth's resources and avoid procreation for environmental reasons.
Another activist, Pratima Naik, said: '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.'
His page, entitled Childfree India, wrote last month: 'Should we continue to bring more children in this world and accelerate the process of environmental and social degradation?
'Do you think existence is pain, and not bringing a child into this world, is a guaranteed way to avoid unnecessary suffering to the child?
'We are a group of people who have decided not to reproduce. We are Childfree Indians!'
Aug 16, 2012
I miss the old days when public/media platforms were generally reserved for lucid people. Seems anyone with a phone and a call plan now has an agenda.

I hereby proclaim it is immoral to charge $85 for a round of golf between Friday morning and Sunday while only charging $30 for the same course when I am at work during the week. The world needs to be made aware of this injustice.


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Aug 11, 2011
After reading that, I want to sue his parents for giving birth to him.
Yeah, when I was considerably younger, I would have felt like suing my parents for giving me asthma and allergies that were so bad that my doctor had to treat me with steroids, which led to brittle bones as a highly undesirable side effect. Ragweed pollen, which I was greatly allergic to grew all over the place on the farm. So the doctor suggested I had best move from farm to town, which meant my parents moved me to Stillwater for me. As a result of doing that, I quit having asthma attacks.(Skeptics can say, if they want, that I simply grew out of having asthma. I should have stayed on the farm.) Decades later after a physical exam my doctor said there was nothing wrong with me, except my cholestoral was a little too high. If we're that fortunately well off, health wise, we really need to count our blessings, rather than to be mad and envious toward the state for giving health care benefits to the poor, as in Medicaid, toward those who can't say the same, due to their chronic medical conditions.
What?!?!?! What does any of this article have to do with Medicare?

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Sep 9, 2007
Yukon, OK
What?!?!?! What does any of this article have to do with Medicare?

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Whew! Glad it wasn't just me. lol. I finished reading his post and thought "Man, that's actually one of his better posts but WTH is he talking about???"...