I'm exploring some Buddhist beliefs, which at times seem a little nihilistic to me. For example, why would a person that truly believed in the Buddhist teaching of the Four Noble Truths ever bring children into this world? Wouldn't that be knowingly inflicting suffering on another sentient being? #1 of the Four Noble Truths: Suffering Exists. So, by having kids and exposing them to inevitable Dukkha (and also the suffering of subsequent rebirths depending which strain of Buddhism one believes in), how is this ethical from a Buddhist standpoint? Even if they eventually attain Nibbana, isn't that basically the same as if they'd never been born; both states are eternally free from suffering? So why birth them in the first place and expose them to Dukkha? Wouldn't "not having kids" be a way to eliminate the suffering of a few sentient beings in this world? Does the Buddhist answer to this question depend on whether one believes in rebirth?