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Except that anticipation of future pleasure may balance or outweigh present pain.
When you decide to go to graduate school you take it into consideration, otherwise, if built-in fear of death was not an issue, a heroin addiction followed by quick death would probably constitute a better plan.
Took some reasoning to get there, I would bet. Surely it is inherent in pain that it be painful? If I chucked a baby against a brick wall, I would be causing pain to that baby assuming that the baby has a functioning nervous system and my act would be bad because it was painful.
For the absence of pain to be good means that there must someone be around who actually finds some benefit in there being an absence of pain. Sounds like a more or less standard nihilist angle with a slight twist, i.
Though it probably made his wrist ache a bit, fnarr-fnarr… Dominic Fox Maybe he was the ghost-writer sic of the book under discussion…. Is the emptiness of interstellar space good because it is a pain-free zone?
Coming to human beings, does this mean that it would be wrong to give birth to a child who was certain to experience a life of continuous unlimited bliss, because the moment of birth would be painful? That seems to be what is wanted for the argument, but it also seems crazy.
I want to repeat that what is being argued here are questions of individual judgement, individual choices which are not right or wrong but matters of free choice. Surely no one would argue that esthetic questions have right and wrong answers?
No, I take that back. I know someone who argues that some music is intrinsicly good Beethoven, Tchaikovsky while other music is intrinsicly bad Elvis, the Beatles, Metallica. But surely nobody sensible would agree with him, right? Antinatalism is incredibly easy to defend.
Just think of the worst things that can happen to a person. I know my preference is to be an antinatalist who affirms the lives of those already living. And yet there seems to be a potential inconsistency just in deciding to continue my own existence.
If I say that a person should categorically not create a human life, because of the nonzero probability that their offspring will one day meet their end in agony and terror whether buried alive, burned alive, trampled to death, etcwhy not apply this reasoning to myself?
It seems I should kill myself now, rather than face the risk that any of those things will happen to me one day.
It seems hard to defend this difference in attitude without leaving the door open for a step away from categorical antinatalism. Does Benatar have anything to say on this point? That sounds right on a very abstract level, but things become a lot murkier when one looks at reality.
Both addiction and the contemplation of suicide are generally characterized by the absence of sound judgement and free will. The myth of the sovereign individual is unhelpful and counterproductive in such cases, instead outside intervention is called for.
For every individual that has made a conscious decision to succumb to addiction or commit suicide, there are thousands that are simply in the grip of a terrible mental state and that will be thankful a couple of weeks, months or years down the road for somebody having helped them get through it.
This is an argument in favor of genocide, as efficiently and rapidly as possible.Modern opposition to natural law and natural rights.
During the nineteenth century the advocates of limitless state power made a comeback with new rhetoric, (the utilitarians) or the same old rhetoric dressed in new clothes), and in the twentieth century they .
Mr Thomas Gradgrind is the notorious school board Superintendent in Dickens's novel Hard Times who is dedicated to the pursuit of profitable enterprise. His name is now used generically to refer to someone who is hard and only concerned with cold facts and numbers. In the story.
In the story, the man himself he was the father of five children, naming them after prominent utilitarians such as. Misc thoughts, memories, proto-essays, musings, etc. And on that dread day, the Ineffable One will summon the artificers and makers of graven images, and He will command them to give life to their creations, and failing, they and their creations will be dedicated to the flames.
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