A man from Mumbai, India sued his parents for bringing him into the world. Raphael Samuel, 27 years old, said people should not give birth to babies without the latter’s consent.
Samuel is a self-described anti-natalist, who are people who advocate that it is morally wrong to give birth to babies.
“Basically I want everyone in India and also the world to realize one thing: that they are born without their consent. I want them to understand that they do not owe their parents anything,” said Samuel in his YouTube video entitled WHY am I suing my parents? Wearing sunglasses and a fake beard, he elaborates why people should stop having babies. The video has gone viral with 52,000 views as of the time of writing.
“And I also want to know that if we are born with our consent, we should be maintained for the rest of our life. We should be paid to live,” he added. “We came by our parent’s discretion. They go to certain joy by having us.”
“We will not be asked (to be born). It’s not even possible to be asked,” he further claimed.
Samuel runs a YouTube channel named ‘Nihil Anand’ and a Facebook page ‘Nihilanand’ in which he posts his anti-natalist sentiments.
In a Facebook photo Samuel shared, it was said that “procreation is the root of all evil. Stop. Having. Babies.”
In another meme he shared, it said that “Isn’t forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career (akin to) kidnapping and slavery”
Nonetheless, Samuel claimed that he had a good relationship with his parents “I love my parents,” he said in an interview with The Print.
“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.”
In another interview with LatestLY, Samuel claimed, “Procreation is the most narcissistic act on Earth. Ask anyone why they procreate it will always start with ‘I wanted.’ Introducing a child into a world that is suffering is wrong. An antinatalist’s agenda is to convince people to stop reproducing. Why? Because life involves a lot of suffering.”
Meanwhile, in another Facebook post of Samuel, he shared what his mother, Kavita, said about the incident.
“I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers,” she wrote. “If Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault.”
It is unclear whether Samuel’s claims of suing his parents are real or it is just another internet stunt.
Watch Samuel’s video here: