[The following comment has been stolen from reddit, user schopenhauerfan5]
"Parents create targets for harm. But they blame the external sources of harm. Even though they make a mortal being vulnerable to any possible harm, they blame the harms (even though every parent messes up their children), instead of blaming themselves for creating a vulnerable person who can suffer and die. It's as if parents set up a live target on a shooting range, then are shocked when the target gets shot at. We can obviously condemn those who shoot people, but we can also condemn those who make people who can be shot. If you don't make a child, they can never be shot. Don't send innocent children "downrange." Don't put innocent children in danger. Parents have to think their children will be okay, or they might be tormented by the realization that a child is in mortal danger now because of their actions. Parents create beating hearts that will eventually stop beating. Parents create brains that will eventually decay. Parents create skin that will eventually putrefy. So maybe it's appropriate that cadaverine and putrescine, which are responsible for the odor of putrefying flesh, are both found in semen.
Parents might think "cancer sucks", but they don't reach the conclusion that one less person means one less potential victim of cancer. They don't think: one less murder victim, one less kidnapping victim, one less rape victim, one less traffic accident victim, one less heart attack victim, one less stroke victim, one less infectious disease victim, one less accident victim, one less congenital defect victim, one less bullying victim, one less victim of hunger, etc. They also underestimate their own children's capacity to inflict harm on others. They don't think: one less potential criminal, one less potential murderer, one less potential kidnapper, one less potential rapist, one less potential drunk driver, one less bully, one less greedy person, etc. If someone doesn't make a child, not only do they make one less potential victim in the world, they also make one less potential victimizer. Those who abstain from procreation make one less target of evil and one less source of evil.
It's hard for parents to look at a baby and think it might die a horrible death. What you don't know can kill you, and people often underestimate just how bad things can get. Before some horrible thing happens to offspring, parents might say "how could we have ever known such a horrible thing could happen?" "How could we have known our child would be sold into slavery?" "How could we have known our child would die in the Great War?" "How could we have known our child would die in the Holocaust?" "How could we have known our child would die in World War II?"
But for parents living in 2017, and considering how much human suffering has happened in history, even the 20th century alone, they really have no excuse. Like a Dilbert comic said, "the key to happiness is self-delusion." And people are "organic pain collectors." Knowing how "destructible" the human body is, knowing how vulnerable the human body is, how could anyone in good conscience create another human body? Odds are, it was created by accident. Every infirmity, every disaster, every tragedy, every violent death -- can be traced back to the fact that sex feels good. And parents "pass the buck" of suffering onto their children.
Antinatalists could pay people to get sterilized, which would reduce human suffering, and mean less death in the world."
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