Friday, January 11, 2013

Utopia revisited

A quick thought experiment:

You are given the option to transform this world into a utopia where everyone experiences only happiness. The price? On some other planet, a smaller group of people live lives of only pain and suffering.

I've heard variations of this scenario a few times over the years and opinions are often divided which contrasts to opinions about antinatalism which are almost unanimous. This is somewhat surprising as following the logic of my previous post, our world and the hypothetical's differ in no essential way. The question then is why many people more hesitant to accept this new world when they condone the continuation of the present one.

I think the majority share an intuition for antinatalism stronger than most realise. It's unfortunate that this intuition is typically just rationalised away.