I had no idea whenI was going to write anything again on this site but here it is. Been 'inspired', if I can say so about something utterly depressing and demotivating, by this documentary series from AlJazeera featuring people living AND breeding in Philippines slums.
One feeling I couldn't shake off while watching this series is 'how does one not kill herself having to live like this?' Yes, I realize the sense of well-being is relative, people's standards of 'acceptable life' may and do vary, but the lives shown in this documentary... no words! I guess, the least relateble were the people there who've appeared content with their lots. Praising God and making do with daily struggle to survive in order to continue breathing, eating, producing more waste while living on the pile of waste and making more babies to inherit the slums.
I've asked myself, suppose you and those people were all trapped in some prison for a long time or they were the last people on Earth and you had no one else to ever talk to, would you find something in common with them then? Wouldn't you find solace in at least having such memebers of the same species to possibly have a little conversation with and feel a tad less lonely?
I actually do not judge the majority of people all that harsh, even though I am picky with friends and those I maintain any sort of regular connection with. They may be miles away from where I stand on antinatalism and even pessimism, I still see a lot of things in commoon between myself and random people I meet in real life or online.
But here, frankly, I don't think having a smiling person deeming the life inside a huge garbage dump as acceptable would ever be of any solace to me if they were, pardon the cliche, the last man on Earth.
I'd rather have a dog or a cat or a pig living beside me. And I'm not saying this with any sort of passionate anger, I actually feel sorry for their circumstances, it's rather utter disappointment and resignation, it's that
See, cats, sheep, dogs - they are the authentic representatives of their own species and you don't expect much from them, in fact, you are surprised when they act especially smart or "human-like". You don't expect these animals to strive for anything more than satiating their hunger, following their sex drives and fight for survivaval until outside forces end their lives. You don't think 'oh, what an especially stupid cow doing nothing but chewing grass and shitting on the same field it eats from' - they all do that, that's what being a cow is. But when you see a human being, who is supposedly smarter and more complex than other animals acting basically the same as a stray dog or a monkey, living and perpetuating life that is about nothing more than what the rest of the animal world is doing, you start to feel so disappointed and wonder what does make a human being - human, besides the physical charachteristics? A human being living the live of a roach and feeling content with it is still a human? The same species that the greatest artist or a scientist or philosopher is? It's just mind-boggling.
So this made me wonder what was the suicide rate in Philippines in particular. I realize there's not just slums in Philippines but I expected maybe a report how people offed themselves in those particular areas more often, but no! And what I've found in general seemed a bit counter to expectations of 'the worse people have it - the more people end their lives'. The European Region had the highest suicide rate in 2015 (WHO).
And so I started Googling the topic and found this interesting analysis of suicide rates vs national IQ.
«Cultural Differences in a Globalizing World» By Michael Minkov
The same study is mentioned in TheTimes.co.uk's Only the bright commit suicide:
The study itself seems to be available for purchase here National intelligence and suicide rate: an ecological study of 85 countries.
Now, I'm not thinking they're all happy there, and they admit themselves they're not all the times cheerful.
But their coping mechanisms are so strong, much stronger than their rationality, which is sad because it's the latter that in my view distinguishes humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
I know it's highly unfashionable today to judge any groups of people, especially the so called 'disadvantaged', 'the marginalized', 'the oppressed' etc. But here's the point: these are the people who will inherit the Earth while the 'awful, judgemental, prejudised, elitist, privilleged' will die off by breeding at a rate below the replacement level and by offing themselves. This is the dying breed. I myself was not born in a rich country and am not rich today and the majority of the people living in Ukraine are poor by international standards. But it's frowned upon to be breeding children into extreme poverty and misery and people limit themselves to 1.5 on average. There was this post on Facebook the other day asking for some money for the family with 5 kids adopted, but by a single woman who's apparently poor as it is and a photo of them standing in a room that looked the way a poor person's room does. And the response which received many likes was 'why adopting children you can't support? how did this happen?'. This is the mentality prevalent in Europe today, even the poor Eastern Europe, but not so much in Africa, and apparently, not in Southeast Asian Philippines.
So while I applaud the next video on the necessity of licensing parents, and completely agree with the philosophy behind it, I do not think it will ever be applicable in the real world, because good luck convincing those people who are happy to live in cesspools their whole lives that they have no right to have their 6 or 9 kids. No, you'll only convince those having 1.5 at average to not have any.
That's basically the only prospect of a 'voluntary human extinction movement' in today's world: to convince the most intelligent people to not procreate. And I'm not saying don't do that, I rather think it's just a natural course of events: the smartest part of the humanity is slowly checking itself out while those who still find this circus meaningful and joyful are being fruitful. It would not be right to ask those who are not impressed with life to keep breeding to take care of the dumber members of the human species. Yes, they may face more difficulties and sorrow when left on their own, but they also seem to be more immune to hardships and eager to accept them just to live to poop another day.
Hey, it just may be that we are truly a 'glitch' of overly clear self-awareness that should have never hapenned and has no place in this 'harmony' of species and the cycle of life feeding off of each other to survive and reproduce. Too much thinking only brings up painful questions with no good answers.
More posts from this category: Is universal harmony worth the tears of one tortured child?The need to be alone
'Apathy gene' - I totally understand that. Today when I write, if I write something on the topic of antinatalism - it's only for my own sake, and for the sake of the rather unlucky few who happen agree with my views. But there's always 'newcomers' and they still feel inspired to attempt to change things by spreading the message and I won't try and stop them either.
Btw, in the end of the even more recent David Benatar's debate (with Jordan Petersen this time) he admits he's not naive enough to think antinatalism will ever be adopted globally, and that humanity will be eliminated by other forces, beyond its control [link]
I've listened to the one with Sam Harris too. It was not bad.
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There was an 'Aroma' slums? LOL, I've missed that!))) That's beyond hilarious.
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At the time of writing this post I've only watched 4 episode, I believe.. Today I've quickly browsed through the 5th. The Philippines has one of the highest birthrate in Southeast Asia in part due to Catholic church's stance against artificial contraception https://youtu.be/PEOX8aT_uSQ?t=280 So on one hand it helps them keep their shit together because 'God's will and he loves you and all happens for a reason, and there's heaven to go to after death' but on the other it tells them to keep breeiding themselves deeper and deeper into poverty. Oh well...
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I haven't been quoting Artsybashev in a while, have I? See, one use for our complaining online may not be any sort of prospect for change and improvement in the future. But my personal existence is made considerably better by being able to read about other people having similar feelings to mine:
The whole history of the human race is the history of martyrs and heroes perishing, and every epoch is a triumph of platitude. The best of people, those, who are worshipped by humanity, perish and perish, and walking on their corpses is a huge human herd. Heroes and martyrs of ideas are only here in order to glue together with their blood those bricks of communal happiness, and every floor of the building they'll raise will primarily be populated by the triumphing pigs, snorting back in their direction with contempt. They, the dumb animals, will get everything: new inventions, beautiful buildings, luxury, wealth, freedom and beautiful women, and the suffering, the agonizing pondering and the self-sacrifice is reserved for those who selflessly believed in the right of the future generations to their soul and their life. This is how it's always been and always will be.
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Oh wow this is a find! Ham Sarris! LOL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOQ1ZCeMY4