Should This Be the Last Generation?

Reply Thu 10 Jun, 2010 09:23 pm
Should This Be the Last Generation?


Readers are invited to respond to the following questions in the comment section below:

If a child is likely to have a life full of pain and suffering is that a reason against bringing the child into existence?

If a child is likely to have a happy, healthy life, is that a reason for bringing the child into existence?

Is life worth living, for most people in developed nations today?

Is a world with people in it better than a world with no sentient beings at all?

Would it be wrong for us all to agree not to have children, so that we would be the last generation on Earth?
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Reply Thu 10 Jun, 2010 09:35 pm
I have always planned to have no kids. But, my sisters turned out to have kids, so the generation goes on in my family. I factored in external and internal factors. Externally, especially when I was younger, I felt that the world was already over-populated and was tragic as well. Later, my earlier feelings were compounded by the fact that both sides of my family carry negative genetic predispositions (heart disease on one side and depression/anxiety on the other). Lately, I still stand without regrets because I realize I can't likely deal with the chaos and 24/7-ness of children. I'll get back to you in the next ten years when I'm in my 50s....

How good does life have to be to change my mind? I dunno if that factors in to my thinking at any stage. I guess the three things mentioned above have a cumulative effect. Am I making excuses? Or are all of these valid? If there were only two of these negative factors would I think differently? I don't think so.
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Reply Thu 10 Jun, 2010 10:22 pm
I'm not the problem, as I feel I'm a good, thoughtful energy-conserving good neighborly citizen. It's those others I'd like NOT to see have any children. Rolling Eyes Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil

BTW, I consciously chose not to have kids (2 marriages); however, should at age 59 I find a partner who still wants kids, I would consider adopting or fostering a child.
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Reply Fri 11 Jun, 2010 08:16 am
Even in our modern world, with great knowledge and such, there are still plenty of babies to be born.

- In many lies the dorment desire to aquire babies.
- babies can tie people together, and with religion it's a further boost to make the baby legal, and not a bastard.
- still getting a baby is the norm, not having them or adopting lies as a last resort.
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