Antinatalism is based on the principle that suffering of whatever kind or degree should not be caused or perpetuated, and that human existence necessarily entails suffering that we can neither escape nor justify, least of all by experiencing pleasures. Thus, the only way to end all suffering would be to cease producing beings who suffer.
I am an offspring of the dead. I am descended from the deceased. I am the progeny of phantoms. My ancestors are the illustrious multitudes of the defunct, grand and innumerable. My lineage is longer than time. My name is written with embalming fluid in the book of death. A noble name is mine.
The human phenomenon is but the sum of densely coiled layers of illusion, each of which winds itself on the supreme insanity that there are persons of any kind, when all there can be is mindless mirrors laughing and screaming as they parade about in an endless dream.
The human phenomenon is but the sum
Of densely coiled layers of illusion
Each of which winds itself on the supreme insanity
That there are persons of any kind
When all there can be is mindless mirrors
Laughing and screaming as they parade about
in an endless dream
Sappiamo di essere vivi e sappiamo che moriremo. Sappiamo anche che soffriremo durante la vita, prima della sofferenza - lenta o veloce - che ci condurrà alla morte. Questa è la conoscenza di cui “gioiamo” in quanto organismi più intelligenti a nascere dal ventre della natura. Stando così le cose, ci sentiamo imbrogliati se per noi non c'è altro che sopravvivere, riprodursi e morire. Vogliamo che ci sia qualcosa oltre a questo, o almeno pensare che ci sia. E’ questa la tragedia: la coscienza ci costringe alla posizione paradossale di doverci sforzare a vivere inconsapevolmente ciò che siamo, pezzi di carne destinata a corrodersi su ossa che vanno disgregandosi.
Thomas Ligotti, La cospirazione contro la razza umana
.We need to know that puppets are puppets. Nevertheless, we may still be alarmed by them. Because if we look at a puppet in a certain way, we may sometimes feel it is looking back, not as a human being looks at us but as a puppet does. It may even seem to be on the brink of coming to life. In such moments of mild disorientation, a psychological conflict erupts, a dissonance of perception that sends through our being a convulsion of supernatural horror.
Thomas Ligotti, ‘The Conspiracy Against the Human Race’
In depression, all that once seemed beautiful, or even startling and dreadful, is nothing to you. The image of a cloud-crossed moon is not in itself a purveyor of anything mysterious or mystical; it is only an ensemble of objects represented to us by our optical apparatus and perhaps processed as a memory.
We leave this behind in your capable hands, for in the black-foaming gutters and back alleys of paradise, in the dank windowless gloom of some galactic cellar, in the hollow pearly whorls found in sewerlike seas, in starless cities of insanity, and in their slums … my awe-struck little deer and I have gone frolicking.
By means of supernatural horror we may evade, if momentarily, the horrific reprisals of affirmation. Every one of us, having been stolen from nonexistence, opens his eyes on the world and looks down the road at a few convulsions and a final obliteration. What a weird scenario. So why affirm anything, why make a pathetic virtue of a terrible necessity? We are destined to a fool’s fate that deserves to be mocked. And since there is no one else around to do the mocking, we will take on the job. So let us delight in the Cosmic Macabre. At least we may send up a few bitter laughs into the cobwebbed corners of this crusty old universe.
~Thomas Ligotti (on preferring Cosmic Horror to the Supernatural)
Collapse artwork by Andrey Kunin (seeCollapse IV for some interesting content on Horror, including Ligotti’s work)