There´s an interesting thread (called Antinatalists Attack!) going on over Thomas Ligotti Online, that started discussing that infamous Unilever video. But, as it went on, it became much more, so much in fact that Ligotti himself joined in the discussion. Very interesting, I recommend checking out.
(Thanks for both Karl and Unknown, first through mail and in the comments on the last post, to point me to that).
In this thread, there are very interesting posts, and of note is an account by an user of the forum about living in a Vedantic monastery in India, that tells us much about his experience there, and what he thinks, as an AN, about what works and what doesn´t, in his perspective, when one chooses this kind of life.
A little bit of his account:
I'm currently in my early forties, but during my mid twenties to early thirties, I spent several years in a handful of Vedantic-style monasteries in India. (I won't mention any names for the sake of privacy.) It's difficult to come to an either/or type of summation, in the sense of "it was all great", or "it was thoroughly disillusioning." However, as I intimated in my previous post, most of my difficulties stemmed from my high-strung introverted personality. I've always been incredibly sensitive to my environment, and I tend not to do very well when I'm away from what Lovecraft would call "those familiar reference points that give to life a sense of significance, value, historic continuity", etc. For me, it's often as simple as being around my old neighborhood, having a nice library, seeing a few familiar and congenial faces from my youth, and so on. Without those kinds of ordinary touchstones, I tend to get very disoriented and depressed. So for me, that part of monasticism in particular--especially in the exotic Indian milieu--really began to tell over time, and produced a sense of disorientation that was nearly impossible to overcome. Indeed, it's ultimately what brought me back into "the world". (As a comparison, you might call it a less severe version of Lovecraft's "New York experience", or Wordsworth's "I traveled Among Unknown Men" tour of France.)
I don't want to suggest that it was all negative--it wasn't. I But what you have to keep in mind, is that monasteries are in general the LEAST solitary places on the planet. For and INTJ introvert (I'm guessing that is a common type here!) with an ill-adapted nervous system, that can indeed add up to an almost impossible state of affairs.
More about it, you can find there on the thread.
Other than this, they delve into this sense of retirement from the world, from what we abhor, discussing about monastic ideals and what would this mean for AN community, and talking about what that means to each of them there.
In the thread, there is also a picture and a brief report of someone who lives in Japan with almost nothing in his/(her?) possession. Just a bed, a computer, a suitcase and some clothing. Nothing else. Very interesting reports.
I always find this interesting, not because of its financial aspect, and certainly not because I want to save money for some idealized trip somewhere in the clouds or other ephemeral desire, but because of the idea of severing the ties, of doing away with possessions, with this horrible need for more we have, with this idea of possession, of material goods, and embracing, a little bit, this monastic ideal that most, if not all the AN´s I know have in them. You don´t need to embrace a religion of the world, but every religion has had its monks, and they always kinda followed the same guidelines - to retire from the world the best one can, to sever the ties. And antinatalism is more about that than anything else, with all the proposal of stopping the karma wheel by not mixing away anymore seeds to fertile ground, and thus stop feeding the machine.
Everyone is free to chose the life they want, but I figure we all want less to have to disgust ourselves less with this world. It kinda comes with the package, I think.
Anyway, hope you check the thread, if not, that is swell. If you haven´t check out the last post, about an ancient philosopher of dukkha, Hegesias of Cyrene. Also, if you like the blog, become a follower and click on the small G+ button on the left hand side in order to popularize the blog.
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Cheers to us all.