Julio Cabrera has claimed to have been writing about antinatalism prior to David Benatar’s book Better Never To Have Been. He has published on the Internet a summary of his ethics (he also seems to like to talk about himself in the third person, for some reason).
1. Human life lacks value in its very terminal structure in basically three dimensions of suffering: pain, tedium and moral disqualification of human beings in general. This must discard the usual difference between honesty and dishonesty in moral theories because, given human condition, it is impossible to live a moral life in the strict sense.
2. All positive values are intra-wordly creations and inventions of attitudes and actions; positive values are always reactive (produced against the terminal structure of being) and onerous (paying high prices or damaging other’s projects). This must deny the usual idea that a human life consists of a mixture of pains and pleasures. Infact, pleasures are reactive and onerous, intrinsically connected to suffering and subordinated to them.
3. Consequently, procreation is in any case morally problematic, even the so-called “responsible procreations” (and perhaps them specially), because it consists inproviding to others the terminal structure of being and its consequent pain, tediumand moral disqualification, and the mere possibility of inventing reactive and onerous positive values to support terminality. This must contest the usual idea thatbirth is a gift and procreation the paradigm of an ethical action.
4. A second corollary concerns suicide: beyond the impossibility of suicide intraditional metaphysical philosophy, and keeping distance from vulgar pessimism establishing suicide as a sort of necessity, Cabrera’s negative ethics sustains suicide as a plausible possibility of human life, no more immoral than human acts in general (given the general moral disqualification) and with more chances of being amoral act than many other actions, provided that suicide succeeds in defeating the powerful inclination to preserve one’s own life in any circumstances, which is the source of non consideration of
other people’s interests. All this must defeat the usual idea of suicide as the worst of human sins.