January 21st, 2008

Better Never To Have Been

Thanks to the alert eyes of Stephen Hicks, I see there's a new book out from Oxford University Press: Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence, by David Benatar.

His thesis is that your parents did harm to you by giving birth to you. 

If this thesis becomes popularly accepted, I expect to see some lawsuits.

Against your parents, file a tort!
Why, oh why, did they fail to abort?

Since he took time to write the book, I guess the author has not yet reached the stage of:  "Better Not To Be: Say Goodbye to Me". 

Nope, he's lingering on here, trying to depress the rest of us.

Thanks so much,
Don't stay in touch.

No "Necessarily" Needed

Iowa State University researchers were looking into why poor children in America are a bit on the heavy side.

Here is their brilliant conclusion: "a lack of food isn't necessarily to blame".

Did it occur to them that the opposite circumstance might be operative?

This country is wealthy and awash in food.  Even if you are poor, really poor, there are food stamps, food pantries, food banks, school breakfasts, school lunches, and so on.

It's hard to lose weight here.
We fill up your plate here.