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Since Heaven increases nothing but our pain,
And gives naught that it takes not back again,
The unborn ne'er would hither come if they
But knew what we at Fortune's hands sustain.
 - The Wisdom of Omar Khayyam

Antinatalism is a philosophical position that assigns a negative ethical value to birth. Antinatalism is often realized through observation of suffering caused by living, and sometimes by belief in a malevolent demiurge who tortures humans in their existence, and sometimes out of concern for human impact on the environment or animal welfare.

List of Antinatalists[edit]

  • Your mom, Sofia
  • Your father, Dave
  • Abul ʿAla Al-Maʿarri
  • David Benatar
  • Alberto Caraco
  • The Cathars
  • Emil Cioran
  • Les U. Knight (Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, VHEMT)
  • Chris Korda (Church of Euthanasia)
  • Thomas Ligotti
  • The Marcionites
  • Gary Mosher (Inmendham)
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Peter Wessel Zappfe

Books Concerning Antinatalism[edit]

  • Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence - David Benatar
  • Crítica de la moral afirmativa (A Critique of Affirmative Morality) - Julio Cabrera
  • Beyond Antinatalism - Jim Crawford
  • De l'inconvénient d'être né (The Trouble with Being Born) - Emil Cioran
  • La Tentation d'exister (The Temptation to Exist) - Emil Cioran
  • The Conspiracy Against the Human Race - Thomas Ligotti

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