I‘m sharing the following story in the hope that it may come in use for anyone here who ever ends up in a debate about Antinatalism. I’ve a friend with whom I’ve debated AN periodically over the past few years. This guy is a highly intelligent man, with two small children, someone who always loves a good back-and-forth over the big questions, and always hates to yield a single point in an argument, and I mean hates it. I loaned him my copy of Benatar’s book a few years back. He appreciated it, but declined to endorse the book’s thesis. His main objections were endowing non-existent beings with rights, and what appeared to him as the absurdity of the pinprick argument. He also made the slightly strange remark that while he gave AN his emotional assent, he couldn’t give it his intellectual assent. Anyway, one night last week I finally presented him with a question I’d been wanting to pose him for a long while:
Can you give me a single non-subjective, non-personal, non-emotional, objective, rational reason to propagate the species?
He stopped dead in his tracks, paused, thought and admitted he had no answer.