The last weekend of Vanderbilt Ave’s street fair included a Capoeira demonstration.
That was what Ronnie Lee Gardner ate for his last meal. He was executed by firing squad in Utah a few minutes after midnight on June 18th. A victim of a terrible childhood, Gardner went on to kill two people, one a lawyer in 1985. Most likely he will be the last to be executed by this barbaric method. His surviving family apparently played Lynrd Synyrd’s “Free Bird” as the 4 real bullets from 5 shooters (one was a blank) pierced his heart. Timothy Egan has a good piece on capital punishment in general and this method in particular. Regardless of the victim’s heinous offenses, to me, capital punishment is nothing more than state-sanctioned murder. It does not deter. It should be abolished.
If a child is likely to have a life full of pain and suffering is that a reason against bringing the child into existence?
If a child is likely to have a happy, healthy life, is that a reason for bringing the child into existence?
Is life worth living, for most people in developed nations today?
Is a world with people in it better than a world with no sentient beings at all?
Would it be wrong for us all to agree not to have children, so that we would be the last generation on Earth?
I highly recommend reading this piece and the followup Singer felt obliged to write after so much feedback. As a recent father, I struggled with the moral implications of bringing a child into a world that certainly will be more complicated, overpopulated, and polluted than mine was when I was born.