I have a few questions, and a few opinions on this.
Why do people have children? Here are my thoughts and questions regarding human breeding:
Why do people decide to have children, when it severely impacts their lives, monetarily and socially. Once you make the decision to have kids, you give up a LOT of freedom. You can’t get a decent night’s sleep, you can’t go out to the movies, rave, or whatever, without rounding up someone to watch the kid. You’re constantly having to respond to screaming poo-laden kids to change their diapers.
It completely takes your life over. And not for the better, IMHO.
The financial aspects alone would seem to discount going this route. Clothes, food, schooling, etc. Add that to the loss of freedom, and it just doesn’t make sense to me.
It’s of my opinion that having children is a selfish act… Parents are not doing it for the child, since the decision, in most cases, i hope, anyway, was made to add little dylan to the family. That decision was made to fulfill the parents’ wishes. To make them happier, i guess.
Not that there’s anything wrong with breeding to make you happier… but I think that bringing a new life onto the planet to fulfill your own happiness is pretty selfish, considering there are lots of little dylans in the world ready to be adopted, albeit not as cute and new-born as your own genetic spawn.
OK, so, i’m asking parents out there: Why did you have children? I’m really not trying to invoke a great debate, even tho i posted it here. I just really can’t balance the cost/benefit spreadsheet on this one
My theory is that there is some genetic quality which makes people want to create miniature versions of themselves, of which my DNA has somehow left out.
And finally, do parents consider the act of procreation a selfish choice which is only done to make themselves happier, or do they have some other reason for doing this?