Ecorazzi gives an overview of singer Zola Jesus’ latest album Taiga in which she makes a pitch for antinatalism which is the basis of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEM). According to Ecorazzi, antinatalism is the philosophy of Norwegian metaphysician Peter Wessel Zapffe and makes the case that people should not have an children. A review of VHEM’s section of their website on having children elaborates on this point drawing from environmentalist logic stating (in part):
As long as extinctions of wildlife continue at an outrageous pace, the intentional creation of another one of us can’t be justified.
Zola Jesus (whose real name is Nika Rosa Danilova) elaborated on Zapffe’s antinatalism too:
“He’s said a lot of things about how humanity just feels so uncomfortable with being alive — our consciousness is too advanced for us to be able to live. Basically, we’re over-evolved animals,” Danilova said in regards to Zapffe. “Our ability to think about greater concepts isn’t necessarily helping our existence, and it’s creating more anxiety.”
I don’t know about you all but I feel fine about my existence and am quite happy to be alive. There are some things I could have done differently with my life but I do not regret living or life itself since there is so much that makes life worth living. I gather from Danilova’s chosen philosophy that she maybe depressed or decided her existence isn’t worth continuing and has decided to express it by forgoing having kids. It’s her life but no doubt she is happily making money while decrying human existence including having children.
When it comes to this article, antinatalism and people like Zola Jesus I am reminded of former EarthFirst! Journal Editor John Davis who said: Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs. Or Dr. Lamont Cole who said: To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem. Zoologist and Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore says that one of the first things he notices is that environmentalists tend to be anti-human. The basis of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement with its green influences is certainly indicative of that.