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Mark Maharaj, 33, (photo), a self-described vegan & # 39; human rights activist & # 39; and & # 39; philanthropic anti-natalist & # 39; from Ontario, Canada, emphasizes that the prevention of human reproduction is a method to prevent suffering & # 39; and his attitude is a & # 39; compassionate & # 39;

For many people, founding a family, often alongside a significant other, is an important goal in life and something to work towards.

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But for anti-natalists, not only can children be avoided at all costs, it is fully considered unethical.

Some people are delayed to have children for environmental reasons or as a way to prevent planet overpopulation, while anti-natalism is for many more a position that is deeply rooted in philosophy.

For those who adhere to the highly controversial ideology, life is ultimately suffering. However, the movement does not want people to die or commit suicide, but rather to stop reproducing to reduce the population to the ultimate demise of humanity.

& # 39; For me, anti-natalism is a way to reduce suffering by eliminating the cause, & # 39; told vegan anti-natalist Livingstone from the east coast of America to MailOnline.

Mark Maharaj, 33, (photo), a self-described vegan & # 39; human rights activist & # 39; and & # 39; philanthropic anti-natalist & # 39; from Ontario, Canada, emphasizes that the prevention of human reproduction is a method to prevent suffering & # 39; and his attitude is a & # 39; compassionate & # 39;

Mark Maharaj, 33, (photo), a self-described vegan & # 39; human rights activist & # 39; and & # 39; philanthropic anti-natalist & # 39; from Ontario, Canada, emphasizes that the prevention of human reproduction is a method to prevent suffering & # 39; and his attitude is a & # 39; compassionate & # 39;

Antalatalists often use online groups to share memes about the topic, which may seem offensive to others
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Antalatalists often use online groups to share memes about the topic, which may seem offensive to others

Antalatalists often use online groups to share memes about the topic, which may seem offensive to others

Livingstone was only 18 when he went through online video & # 39; s on the subject of & # 39; negative utilitarian ethics & # 39; discovered.

& # 39; No one wants to die, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Everyone who has a child kills them by old age, if they are lucky and if they have no lucky cancer or other diseases. & # 39;

And his beliefs don't stop with people: & # 39; Animals don't have the same level of intelligence or mental capacity as people. Animals suffer worse than humans – they are eaten alive, starved and ignorant to solve the problem. & # 39;

Livingstone became convinced that he never wanted to reproduce and at the age of 21 he got a legal vasectomy.

& # 39; I was absolutely certain that I wanted the operation & # 39 ;, he told MailOnline.

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& # 39; For example, if I fall off the rails in 20 or 30 years and suddenly become spiritual, I cannot go back and change my mind. I wanted to impose a restriction on my future self. & # 39;

Livingstone is against insisting on legislation to try and control the population, which he believes would never be possible in a democratic society.

However, he added: & # 39; If there was a red extinction button, I would press it. & # 39;

Likewise, Mark Maharaj, 33, a self-described vegan & # 39; human rights activist & # 39; and & # 39; philanthropic anti-natalist & # 39; from Ontario, Canada on the prevention of human reproduction & # 39; a method of preventing suffering & # 39; and his attitude is a compassionate & # 39 ;.

Mark was 30 when he started reading the works of South African academician David Benatar, a major advocate of anti-natalism whose book Better to Never Have 2006 & # 39; argued that the occurrence & # 39; always a serious damage & # 39; and that people & # 39; never & # 39; must reproduce under all circumstances & # 39;

Mark was 30 when he started reading the works of South African academician David Benatar, a major advocate of anti-natalism whose book Better to Never Have 2006 & # 39; argued that the occurrence & # 39; always a serious damage & # 39; and that people & # 39; never & # 39; must reproduce under all circumstances & # 39;

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Mark was 30 when he started reading the works of South African academician David Benatar, a major advocate of anti-natalism whose book Better to Never Have 2006 & # 39; argued that the occurrence & # 39; always a serious damage & # 39; and that people & # 39; never & # 39; must reproduce under all circumstances & # 39;

& # 39; I didn't want to propagate technically for that, but I had no idea of ​​the philosophy until I looked it up & # 39 ;, Mark said. & # 39; When I found out, it gave me a lot of comfort that I knew there was a line of thought that was in line with mine and that there were others who thought the same & # 39;

& # 39; I didn't want to propagate technically for that, but I had no idea of ​​the philosophy until I looked it up & # 39 ;, Mark said. & # 39; When I found out, it gave me a lot of comfort that I knew there was a line of thought that was in line with mine and that there were others who thought the same & # 39;

& # 39; I didn't want to propagate technically for that, but I had no idea of ​​the philosophy until I looked it up & # 39 ;, Mark said. & # 39; When I found out, it gave me a lot of comfort that I knew there was a line of thought that was in line with mine and that there were others who thought the same & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad - and it can be prevented & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad - and it can be prevented & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad – and it can be prevented & # 39;

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Mark was 30 when he started reading the works of South African academician David Benatar, a major advocate of anti-natalism whose book Better to Never Have 2006 & # 39; argued that the occurrence & # 39; always a serious damage & # 39; and that people & # 39; never & # 39; must reproduce under all circumstances. & # 39;

& # 39; I didn't want to propagate technically for that, but I had no idea of ​​the philosophy until I looked it up & # 39 ;, Mark said.

& # 39; When I found out, it gave me a lot of comfort that I knew there was a line of thought that was in line with mine and that there were others who thought the same thing. & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad – and it can be prevented. & # 39;

# I truly believe that there are more bad things than goods in the world and in life.

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& # 39; Ultimately, since I am here, I try to live a relatively good life. I have many hobbies, passions and goals. I enjoy music, dancing and spending time in nature.

& # 39; I also have a great group of friends who are my chosen family. We support each other and it makes things less miserable here. & # 39;

Although Mark admitted that he did not know how an anti-natalist & # 39; utopia & # 39; would look like, he said: & # 39; No conscious life would be an ideal situation. & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad - and it can be prevented & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad - and it can be prevented & # 39;

Mark, who works as an office assistant, told MailOnline: & # 39; Now my life is good. But I know that when I get older and sick it will become a bigger challenge. Death is bad and all heartbreak is bad – and it can be prevented & # 39;

The militant intolerance of some who fall under the & # 39; anti-natalist & # 39; is clear on online forums, which provide a safe space for people around the world to discuss their radical ideas

The militant intolerance of some who fall under the & # 39; anti-natalist & # 39; is clear on online forums, which provide a safe space for people around the world to discuss their radical ideas

The militant intolerance of some who fall under the & # 39; anti-natalist & # 39; is clear on online forums, which provide a safe space for people around the world to discuss their radical ideas

On the subject of dating, the 33-year-old said: & If the person I am dating wants to reproduce, I would simply think that we are not a match with our life goals and beliefs.

& # 39; I usually talk about it at the start of dating. & # 39;

The Canadian explained how he had tried to get a vasectomy, but was refused by doctors because they believed he & # 39; could change his mind & # 39 ;. However, he is not put off and has said that he will keep trying until he can get the operation.

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Mark acknowledged that his philosophy was a & # 39; radical & # 39; was, but added: & # 39; I'm not like the more extreme ending. & # 39;

The militant intolerance of some who fall under the & # 39; anti-natalist & # 39; is clear on online forums, which provide a safe space for people around the world to discuss their radical ideas.

Discussion in a closed anti-natalist group shows a dark side to the movement. One poll asks the question: & # 39; What actions would you like to take to disseminate information about overpopulation / anti-natalism? & # 39;

Answers range from & # 39; social media sharing & # 39 ;, & # 39; birth control freely available & # 39; and & # 39; demonstrations of overcrowding in schools & # 39; to dark answers.

& # 39; Worldwide compassionate and free euthanasia on request & # 39 ;, & # 39; Mandatory contraception for up to 23 years & # 39; and & # 39; Voluntary paid sterilization & # 39; are just a few suggestions.

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Antalatalists often use online groups to share memes about the topic, which can be offensive to other people.

South African scientist David Benatar (photo) was one of the first advocates of anti-natalism and he outlined a distinction between & # 39; philanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, whose beliefs stem from love for humanity and concern for the people created and & # 39; misanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, who believe that human nature is ultimately defective

South African scientist David Benatar (photo) was one of the first advocates of anti-natalism and he outlined a distinction between & # 39; philanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, whose beliefs stem from love for humanity and concern for the people created and & # 39; misanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, who believe that human nature is ultimately defective

South African scientist David Benatar (photo) was one of the first advocates of anti-natalism and he outlined a distinction between & # 39; philanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, whose beliefs stem from love for humanity and concern for the people created and & # 39; misanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, who believe that human nature is ultimately defective

South African scholar David Benatar was one of the first advocates of anti-natalism, and he outlined a distinction between & # 39; philanthropic & # 39; anti-natalists, whose beliefs stem from a love for humanity and care for the people who have emerged, and & # 39; misanthropic & anti-natalists, who believe that human nature is ultimately defective.

In his 2015 book, "We Are Creatures That Should Not Exist": Theory of Anti-Natalism, Benatar said: & # 39; Another way to anti-natalism is through what I call an & # 39; misanthropic & # 39; argument name.

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& # 39; According to this argument, humans are a very flawed and destructive species responsible for the suffering and dying of billions of other people and non-human animals. & # 39;

Some, although not all, anti-natalists believe that both animal and human reproduction is unethical and that they must be sterilized to prevent them from reproducing.

Many anti-natalists see adoption as a viable alternative to having children. A darker undercurrent of the movement names potential parents as & # 39; breeders & # 39; while others argue for abortion.

While anti-natalists are scattered around the world and make up a very small part of the population, the movement has gained strength in recent years and can overlap with environmental concerns amid fears about climate change and an overpopulated country.

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