New York Times Blog Post: Should we be the last generation?
If there were to be no future generations, there would be nothing for us to feel to guilty about. Is there anything wrong with this scenario?
If you ever wanted to get a handle on how screwed up the mindset is of a New York Times reader then have a look at this New York Times blog post by Professor Peter Singer of Princeton University.
And then start reading through the comments. There are almost one thousand comments at this point and while a decent percentage deliver the proper rebuke to Misanthrope Laureate Singer, a huge percentage of the comments come from people who must be just miserable to be around.
Here is one of my favorites (from "ddyte" in Brooklyn):
"Perhaps it's my depression talking, but I have long maintained that I was done a disservice by being created in the first place. I would not inflict that pain on anyone else."
At the time of this post ddyte's comment was recommended by 363 other readers. And don't you just love how his depression (which to be fair, may be 100% real) was a disservice inflicted upon him by others and not just an unlucky chance happening?
How would you like to have the New York Times' business model? Being made obsolete by technology; hemorrhaging cash and staff.
And, if the comments to Singer's blog post are any indication, sixty percent of the readers that you have left want to kill themselves.
Coincidence? I think not.
Update: Here is another doosy of a comment:
I'm sorry, but when you say "Schopenhauer's pessimism has had few defenders over the past two centuries," you reveal an astounding level of ignorance about Buddhism.
That one was from "Virginia", who no doubt wonders why she is still single.
Here is another from "Fed Up" in Oregon:
"I am so glad that I never had children. I never felt the need to replicate myself. What's the point if there are already millions of adoptable children already on the planet? There is enough strife on earth as is and I am happy that there are no direct descendants of myself to have to subject them to insane turmoil of worldwide greed, famine and endless wars of destruction. When I die I will be totally guilt free."
And all alone, don't forget all alone. Although "Fed Up" is probably getting used to that already.
And here is a guy who actually does want to shoot himself, but who admits he is too cowardly to do it:
Those of us who have not shot ourselves in the head are either delusional or cowards. I am a coward who wonders is everyone else really so delusional? Or are we just telling each other that life is worth living when we all know we remain alive because nature has selected for those who fear death the most, and nobody wants to look scared. To me it seems like saying "I meant to do that...." after a gross error or pretending to enjoy the flogging you are recieving for appearances sake. Does the flogged man live for the spaces between the lash? Or does he live for when the lashing is done and he can finally crawl away and die knowing he made a good show of bravery? Either way the whole thing was just torture.
Wow. If you empaneled a jury just from a pool of these New York Times readers would you be able to convict Adolph Hitler of....well...of anything? Sure, he nearly exterminated an entire race of people, but think of all of the future suffering he spared them.
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