I’ve often wondered why my parents expect so much of me and why I constantly feel like I have to make it up to them in some capacity.
I never asked for this. My parents did things I don’t want to think about on a whim 23 years ago and now I exist; yet I’m the one who has to pick up the pieces and f*cking live.
As if that’s fair. I’m not ready for this and I’m not sure I ever will be. When you get a dog, you don’t feed it until it’s sort of grown up and then start berating it for not looking after itself.
“Oh but life is the greatest gift there is...” a Ferrari is objectively a pretty good gift, but give one to a hungry man living in a tribe in the middle of the Indian Ocean and he’ll throw a spear at you; alas, no-one’s pointing the finger at him, saying he’s ungrateful.
Meanwhile if I slammed a door in my house four years ago because my parents wound me up, then I’m a little bastard. No spears involved.
With that in mind, 27-year-old Raphael Samuel, from Mumbai, has decided to sue his parents after they conceived him without asking for his permission.
The less you think about it, the better it is.
He believes parents should make their children suffer life, and is setting an example by suing his own. Despite this, he says he has a very good relationship with them, telling The Print…
“I want to tell all Indian kids that they don’t owe their parents anything.
I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure.
My life has been amazing, but I don’t see why I should put another life through the rigamarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist.”
Samuel wants to encourage people to understand that not having children is also an option and in a YouTube video he dispels the ‘respect your elders’ attitude, saying:
“Has that person treated you well? Is that person giving you freedom? Is that person encouraging your growth?
Your parents are two people at the age of 20-25 who just wanted a good night together and then they had you.“
I love my parents and everything, but it’s very hard to disagree with Raphael here…
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