The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

“If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? Would a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation, as to spare it the burden of existence? Or at any rate not take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood.”

~Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) Sufferings of the World 1851

Everyday, I learn something new. But on certain specific days, you learn something truly radical. Today, I was introduced to the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. Yes, there is truly such a movement. Their objective – by voluntarily reducing the human population, we will allow the earth’s biosphere to return to what it should be.

I thought it quite bizarre, and bordering on comic, but when one actually goes through the site – it really does make sense. No other species, or even group of species, has done more harm to this planet than Homo Sapiens. Why should all animal and plant species suffer for our inexhaustible greed, ignorance and destructive tendencies?

Radical it may be, but I think it's an excellent idea. After all, people don’t have sex to have children – they have sex because it’s enjoyable. Is it not possible for us to have a fulfilling life, without having children? I myself have always been a strong advocate of adoption – orphanages are brimming with kids who need a home. What’s the point in having your own kids if you can have what you want and make the world a better place?
Just so that you have some idea of the destruction you alone cause this planet, go to and check it out. Do you really want to multiply that number by the number of kids you plan to have?

In essence, VHEM is encouraging us to limit our reproductive tendencies to one, or preferably no, children. They ask:

In light of the 40,000 children dying of malnutrition each day, and considering the number of species going extinct as a result of our excessive reproduction, do you think it would be a good idea to create another of yourself?

What would your answer be?


To answer your question, "No, I don't think it would be a good idea to create another human being."

Your idea about adoption is a great one. There are certainly more than enough children to go around for those who want to have a family.

After weighing the pros and cons of bringing more children into the world, it seems selfish to do so.

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