The 27-year-old India man who plans on suing his parents for birthing him without his consent is speaking out about his controversial — and completely bizarre — reason for doing so.
What's a brief history?
Raphael Samuel of New Delhi recently told The Print in India that he doesn't believe children owe their parents anything. He does, however, believe parents owe their child something: an explanation as to "why they gave birth" to them.
Samuel — who is an "anti-natalist," a belief that promotes the notion that children shouldn't be forced to be born at the expense of the planet — added, "I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure."
"My life has been amazing, but I don't see why I should put another life through the rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn't ask to exist," he noted.
Samuel has previously compared childbearing to kidnapping and slavery.
So what's new?
Samuel, who runs a Facebook page called "Nihilanand," has a YouTube account with the same name. On his YouTube page, he shared a video presenting reasons as to why he was planning to move forward with a lawsuit against his parents.
In the video, an off-camera male is heard asking Samuel the following questions.
Why do you want to sue your parents?
Basically, I want everyone in India and also in the world to realize one thing: that they are born without their consent. I want then to understand that they do not owe their parents anything ... if we are born without our consent, then we should be maintained for the rest of our life. We should be paid to live.
When you say 'without consent,' what exactly do you mean?
Basically, none of us has consented to be here. We just came here, and we came by our parents' discretion. They got a certain joy by having us, they got a certain happiness by having us ... we were not asked, and it is not even possible to ask.
So, all I mean by "no consent" is that you realize you are here, and you do not owe your parents anything, and it was not your decision. Something that is not your decision you can not be responsible for. And therefore you do not have to be responsible to your parents.
[What is] a message for every parent and child in India?
I have my simple messages that neither do you own your children, neither do your children owe you. That's it. To the children I want to say do not do anything for your parents if you don't want to. If you want to, if you truly, genuinely feel like it, do it. I do feel it, so I do it.
I want to tell parents that you don't own your children, you do not own every decision they make. They are individuals, not your investment.
How did your parents react to the situation?
My mother reacted very well. My father is still getting over the idea. He's warming up to the idea. But my mother wishes that she had met me before I was born, and she would not have had me. Because she was too young, and ... didn't understand the concept that they have an option to not have kids, and this is what I want to tell everyone: that you have an option, do not have children.
How did others react?
I have a lot of positive reactions and many more negative reactions which shows me that I'm somewhat right. I'm somewhat on the right path, because ... I'm going against the fundamentals of human existence, of reproduction. This is what I want to do, I want people to think.
To the people who are abusing me, let them abuse me, but first think, read what I'm trying to say, and ... then abuse me. There are many people who have said that they love what I am saying, they agree, but they cannot say publicly. And there are many of those who are saying it publicly and supporting me in public.
WHY am I suing my parents? www.youtube.com