“«If You Want To Kill Yourself…» – For a Critique of Suicidal Reason” – Julio CABRERA

(n.t.) Nota do Tradutor, nr. 23, special illustrated edition («Suicidário»), 2021, pp. 12-58. Transl. by Rodrigo Menezes. An unpublished essay by Argentinian-born, Brazilian-based philosopher Julio Cabrera, internationally renowned for his studies on negative ethics, and considered one of the most important South American representatives of contemporary Antinatalism, a movement anticipated by his Projeto de ética… Continue lendo “«If You Want To Kill Yourself…» – For a Critique of Suicidal Reason” – Julio CABRERA

“Project of Negative Ethics” – Julio CABRERA

Misantropia e Melancolia

This is an English translation of the first chapter of Julio Cabrera’s Projeto de Ética Negativa (1989). The full book in Portuguese can be accessed here.
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negative ethics.png “Killing someone and giving birth to someone are two violent actions through which, magically, man tries to put himself in God’s place. The victim of a homicide is always helpless, but never as helpless as the victim of a birth. Childbirth spills as much innocent blood as a homicide. If procreation is a free choice, then life is fundamentally unnecessary pain.” Back cover of the book.

SUMMARY

Preface ………. 7
I.  Parenthood and abstention ………. 17
II.  Suicide ………. 33
III. Small murders ………. 51
IV.  Concealment of non-being. Illusion and survival ………. 69
V.   Ethical discourse and indeterminacy ………. 85
VI.  Philosophy and the paradoxes of knowledge ………. 99

PREFACE

Many philosophers already had the profound intuition of the inexpressible character of ethics…

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“The Demiurge” – CIORAN

The Demiurge is the most useful god who ever was.CIORAN, The New Gods (1969) The Demiurge With the exception of some aberrant cases, man does not incline to the good: what god would impel him to do so? Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by… Continue lendo “The Demiurge” – CIORAN

Iraq’s lost generation | DW Documentary

The criminal injunction of Genesis—“Be fruitful and multiply . . .”—could never have come out of the mouth of the Good Lord. “Be ye rare,” He would have suggested, surely, if He had had any say in the matter. Nor could He ever have added the fatal words: “. . . and replenish the earth.” They should be erased… Continue lendo Iraq’s lost generation | DW Documentary

Should We Stop Having Babies? Antinatalism Explored | Einzelgänger

Is it better never to have been? Some people believe it would indeed be better if no sentient life came into existence. Antinatalism is the philosophical viewpoint that procreation is morally wrong. And therefore, we should avoid it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_8fw6-S8A Some antinatalists think only humans should stop having children; others believe that all sentient beings would… Continue lendo Should We Stop Having Babies? Antinatalism Explored | Einzelgänger