(Meredith) - A 27-year-old Indian businessman is going viral after he announced a plan to sue his parents for bringing him into this world without his explicit consent.
Raphael Samuel, from Mumbai, identifies as "anti-natalist," BBC News reports. The term derives from the ideology that life is so full of misery that people should stop procreating.
Samuel said because he didn't ask to be born, he should be paid for the rest of his life.
He told the BBC that he's struggled to understand why he was conceived since age 5.
"I was a normal kid. One day I was very frustrated and I didn't want to go to school but my parents kept asking me to go. So I asked them: 'Why did you have me?' And my dad had no answer. I think if he'd been able to answer, maybe I wouldn't have thought this way."
The 27-year-old acknowledged that it would be impossible to gain consent from an unconceived human, and has yet to find an attorney to take his case. He's also facing another hurdle: both of his parents are lawyers.
Still, Samuel said it's about the principle. He even admitted to having a "good life."
"I know it's going to be thrown out because no judge would hear it," he said, according to the BBC. "But I do want to file a case because I want to make a point."
He later shared a Facebook post, supposedly written by his mother, saying "I admire my son's temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both us are lawyers."
“If Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault,” the post continued.