New International Version Ecclesiastes 4:3
But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.
Why would his lots be better off?
Ecclesiastes 9:4 Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.
Is the unborn better than the living according to this preacher?
New American Standard Bible
But better off than both of them is the one who has never existed, who has never seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
What is the meaning of "one who has never existed"? Can anyone give me a concrete example of such a 'being'?