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    My decision to have children makes me irresponsible

    Watch the parents flock to this one!

    The thought, or lack thereof can start in a number of ways.
    “Honey, I want to have a baby!”
    “Who will look after us when we are old?”
    “God commands it!”
    “What’s contraception?”
    “If feels good, do it!”
    “Oops, we’re pregnant!”

    It’s not always planned and it all seems innocent enough. But is your right to have children, your right to add more mouths to feed, your right to add more cars to our roads, your right to add more opinionated voices on this debating site, a reasonable choice given the world’s expanding population?

    Now I’m not advocating China’s one child policy, but I am going to question why couples feel obligated to contribute to our over populated world.

    Who is going to support our aging population? The children!
    Who is going to pass on my precious genes? The children!
    Who is going to advance our technology for the benefit of all? The children!
    Who is going to ensure the Earth’s ultimate decay and who will pay for my lack of foresight? No, it’s not a trick question.

    Being a former child, I do face a certain dilemma here. Furthermore, who am I to suggest that a responsible parent shouldn’t indulge in a few children, given that they have an established income, will be a good role model and nurture their children’s development to the benefit of society. It’s not their fault that people less important and less fortunate than themselves have children willy nilly and let them run wild and eat food and increase carbon emmissions!

    So will the problem be someone else’s until our planet reaches its limit in terms of the plant or animal life it can sustain? Or is there really a need to worry at all and can we just “make do with what we’ve got!” It has always worked in the past.

    How many hits to our quality of life, how many hits are we willing to let our environment take before we say, “enough is enough.”
    Life BEFORE death, you know it makes sense.

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    Where would you be if someone in your past thought this way?..
    "You're too stupid to be saved." -- EasyRider.


    "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
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    It's not a trait evolution selects for, that's for sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xcaliber View Post
    Where would you be if someone in your past thought this way?..
    Yeah, that is a pickle alright... although it wouldn't be too hard for me to argue that the world would be a better place in that scenario. Apart from the fact that I'm consuming other people's precious oxygen, I'm just that unimportant!

    Given the ignorance of our ancestors, I think the real question is, where does the buck stop?
    Life BEFORE death, you know it makes sense.

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    Populations in a confined space (in this care: Earth) tend to be self-limiting. Disease and starvation will limit our population long before the "Earth's ultimate decay". In fact, I highly doubt humans will be around for "Earth's ultimate decay".

    Relax, have a cigar.
    "Guns don't kill people, people kill people, and monkeys do too (if they have a gun)". -Eddie Izzard

    Long is the way
    And hard, that out of Hell leads up to Light. -Milton

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakespit View Post
    Relax, have a cigar.
    I guess cigar smoking could be a solution to the problem, especially if the government could quit propagating the anti smoking messages.

    Actually, I was hoping for something more immediate, maybe not a gun toting maniac, but the disease option sounds promising. I like this thinking, it takes away choice.
    Life BEFORE death, you know it makes sense.

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    The World doesn't have too many people.
    It has too many ugly people.

    The USA has well under 100 people per square mile.

    Could I recommend Patagonia?
    "They asked if I had found Jesus and I didn't even know He was missing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinjin View Post
    The World doesn't have too many people.
    It has too many ugly people.

    The USA has well under 100 people per square mile.
    That seems like a very high density, given the space required to avoid ugly people.
    Life BEFORE death, you know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valet_dave View Post
    That seems like a very high density, given the space required to avoid ugly people.
    Especially when considering the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    Especially when considering the USA.
    I recommend you don't have any children. We have enough stiff-necked, left wing losers as it is.

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    Self worth is all in the head. If you choose to believe that you're unimportant, then you're right. Just as right as you would be if you chose to believe that you're highly important.

    With your mindset, you're doing everyone a favor by not having kids. But, mindset is just that. You can change it in a finger snap, or never change it in your entire life...
    when man tried to understand nature, theism was born
    when man tried to understand God, atheism was born

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