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  1. Similar ideas are found, for example, in Russian philosophy of the early twentieth century. Vladimir Solovyov, in particular, wrote in one of his poems: “I constantly insulted the likeness of God in myself, but I did not fall into self-serving fornication only with public lies. / And then, though much / And I loved wantonly, / But, by God, I didn't give birth to anyone and didn't kill them. / That's all my merits, / Every single one of them. / And now farewell, my friends! / Rest with the saints!”

    Dmitry Merezhkovsky wrote, developing this idea:” 'The plague of murder' is war, 'the plague of birth' is Sodom. “Thank You, Lord, that I didn't give birth to anyone or kill anyone.” In this somewhat terrible prayer for the uninitiated, as if Sodom, the Russian disciple of Plato, Vl. Solovyov combines these two ulcers into one. Gender and war intersect, but the points of intersection are mostly too deep, invisible. The main focus of the war, love for the fatherland, binds small families to large ones — in clans, peoples, tribes, a blood — seed bond. This is what it means: gender creates war… Blood first ignites lust, and then pours out in war. The” plague of murder “— war — is deepened by the “plague of birth” – fornication, Sodom.”

  2. This is what many philosophers have said and are saying. There is even a special term for this position: antinatalism. Mikhail Chumakov correctly noted that one of the thinkers who spoke out against birth was Schopenhauer. He is probably the most famous anti-natalist in the history of philosophy. To get acquainted with Schopenhauer's opinion on this topic, I recommend his work “On the insignificance and sorrows of Life”.

    Among the modern philosophers who stand on the anti-natalist position, one can single out David Benatar, who wrote the book “Better Never to Have Been” (Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence).

  3. I think it was Arthur Schopenhauer. At least, this statement is very much in his spirit. He generally had a low opinion of this world and the fate of man in it:

    • Life is a night spent in deep sleep, often turning into a nightmare.

    • What did Voltaire, Hume, and Kant finally come to? — That the world is a hospital for the incurable.

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