Holiday depression

While everyone else is being all happy and enjoying time with their family on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, my experience has been the complete opposite. No matter what happens, I am constantly depressed about all the evil in the world, especially that which the human race does. They have no problem with killing animals and often mock the vegans who refuse to add to the problem.

A lot of people may understand that animals have to die when they eat meat but they don’t understand that it’s not possible to run an animal industry based on profit. They kill the males because they can’t get milk or eggs from them. It’s simply business logic. If they didn’t kill them and instead tried to care for them all as pets, there would literally be billions of bulls and roosters which would have no place to go. And no human, not even a billionaire could afford to take care of them. The only way not to kill them is to never breed them in the first place!

And if people eat plants and stop eating the animal products, then there will be no domesticated animals in the first place. There may still be issues of overpopulation in the wild where they reproduce past their space and food supply but the majority of animals on the planet only exist because stupid humans breed them.

And the truth is I have been rather depressed this season. As I am forced to work and touch all of the murdered birds and pigs, I am reminded just how evil humanity is. Not that they had a choice in the matter, considering the lack of free will. But I still desire for the entire human race to either change entirely or go extinct my non-procreation until none are left.

The truth is that I don’t see any future for life on this planet. I want to respect the lives that are already here but not doom them to a painful death by creating them in the first place.

Few people understand my position because they think that respecting life means to create more of it. On the contrary, our focus should be on pain reduction. For what good is living when you are in pain.

My only relief from these thoughts is when I’m doing some form of art. I recently ordered a proof of my latest book which is full of art I made in Inkscape. In the best case scenario, my art will become a career in which I actually make some money doing what I am talented at. And the more money I have, the more I’ll be able to advance the work of other vegan activists by helping them financially. That is my dream. I’ll do the best I can to reduce the pain in this world and try to enjoy what little beauty is left.

Author: chandlerklebs

I have unusual thoughts on almost every subject. I am as Pro-Life as I can possibly be. I am strongly opposed to violence of any type. That includes rape, war, and (obviously) abortion. Everything I think, speak, and write must be filtered by the effect it could have on the lives of others. If I am in any way promoting violence accidentally, please let me know.

13 thoughts on “Holiday depression”

  1. I certainly share your sense of sadness and dissatisfaction with the world. The amount of suffering in the world is truly unspeakable and completely unacceptable. Perhaps not surprisingly, I also share your view on celibacy and non-procreation. I regard it as one, if not the highest, form of the principle of non-harm. I think that on the whole, our world is irredeemably bad; that is to say, no amount of future bliss (hypothetical of course) would ever warrant one in saying, ‘Well, it was worth it’. It will never have been worth it. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t do everything we can to prevent future harm and suffering. If we can prevent even one being from being born, that to me is an immense good.

    You say, very correctly, that people often take respecting life to imply producing more life. That’s such a good point, though we of course both reject that point of view.

    1. Glad you understand. So few people do. I think it’s very hard for people to not mistake the anti-natalism thing as somehow being anti-life. Not so much. It’s more like being anti-suffering. Considering the world as it is, I think somebody has to have some pretty extreme religious beliefs in order to justify the evil in the world. After I stopped believing in Christianity I see just how flawed this world is and that there is no divine being that stops the most horrible suffering. Humans and billions of other animals die painful deaths when there was no need for them to exist at all.

      1. Absolutely. It’s interesting that many atheists I have spoken to also try to justify the world’s suffering by appealing to some form of subjectivism in ethics; because there is no God they say, there is no objective morality. In my judgement, not a very considered position, but worryingly prevalent among secular people.

        I did not grow up believing in a benevolent God, so it never even occured to me how disorienting it must be to suddenly have to face a world of suffering absent of the governance and regulation of such a being.

      2. Absolutely. It’s interesting that many atheists I have spoken to also try to justify the world’s suffering by appealing to some form of subjectivism in ethics: No God, they tell us, no objective morality. This is not, in my judgement, a very thoughtful or well considered position, but it is nonetheless worryingly prevalent today among secular people.

      3. Agreed. The worst part is that so many atheists are dumb as a brick when it comes to morality. They hypocritically speak against the evils done in the name of god/religion but then they use moral subjectivism/relativism/nihilism when someone suggests they might be doing wrong.

  2. I was raised in Christianity but the problem of evil really showed me that no benevolent deity could exist that has the powers to prevent suffering or heal those hurt. If it did this world would not be what it is.

  3. Yes, exactly. I much prefer a deeply religious person with a conscience, over an atheist with no sense (or claims to have no sense) of right and wrong.

    Indeed; it’s very difficult to believe the creator of this world as one who is all-powerful, all-knowing, And all-loving. If God was lacking in any one of these traits, the state of the world is at least explicable, though God would be significantly reduced.

      1. Sorry to bother you again; there are, as you know, very few people who share the pessimistic, or rather, True outlook on life. At any rate, just wanted to say, I think you would enjoy Schopenhauer’s essay entitled, On the Sufferings of the World. It’s available online, I think.

      2. Yeah thanks. Maybe when I’m in the mood I can check it out. I too consider it the true outlook on life. It may not be pleasant but a correct view of the world leads us to avoid being part of the problem.

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