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gothdeno

Village Elder
#1
Sometimes i wonder what the after life is like
All the time i wonder what makes of life itself
Is it the air flowing through our lungs? is it our constant beating heart? or is it waking & sleeping to routine?
Again sometimes i wonder whether the melody of a caged bird is the same as that of a free bird' would it be the same for the bird even if the cage was painted green to mimic the jungle or even if the cage was stuck somewhere up high enough to mimic the sky horizons
Again all the time i think the joy of the bird is the feel of air flowing through its wings; flapping them with all pleasure of freedom sinking from cloud to cloud & disappearing into the camouflage of the jungle.
What kind of bird are you?
 

Inthanite

Village Elder
#5
Better Never to Have Been

Those who never exist cannot be deprived. However, by coming into existence one does suffer quite serious harms that could not have befallen one had one not come into existence. ... David Benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/660518.Better_Never_to_Have_Been

Most people believe that they were either benefited or at least not harmed by being brought into existence. Thus, if they ever do reflect on whether they should bring others into existence---rather than having children without even thinking about whether they should---they presume that they do them no harm. Better Never to Have Been challenges these assumptions.

David Benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm. Although the good things in one's life make one's life go better than it otherwise would have gone, one could not have been deprived by their absence if one had not existed.

Those who never exist cannot be deprived. However, by coming into existence one does suffer quite serious harms that could not have befallen one had one not come into existence.

Drawing on the relevant psychological literature, the author shows that there are a number of well-documented features of human psychology that explain why people systematically overestimate the quality of their lives and why they are thus resistant to the suggestion that they were seriously harmed by being brought into existence.
 

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