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Do you believe that having children is selfish and enviromentally irresponcible?

  1. Vasiliki Bouras profile image61
    Vasiliki Bourasposted 5 years ago

    Do you believe that having children is selfish and enviromentally irresponcible? (Present Day)

    I have been hearing both sides of the argument, and very unsure myself. Many believe that having children now adays is harmful to the enviroment and socially unethical due to over population and lack of resources. Those who believe that choose to abstain from reproducing, or adopt instead, providing homes for those already here. On the flip side,  Earth takes care of herself, and it's the human race that has to worry about our destruction and lack of resources, so why should individuals not have the right to have their own families like their ancestors before them?

  2. backporchstories profile image81
    backporchstoriesposted 5 years ago

    Though overpopulation makes having twelve children seem selfish and foolish, but those families are driven by God's teachings.  But I feel that having children is still a great thing, but maybe fewer would be best due to the present world situation.  I would not vote that no children should be born....because they are our answer to the future.

  3. Ellana317 profile image78
    Ellana317posted 5 years ago

    No... I've always heard that people who opted to not have kids were selfish.  Also, it has been said for decades that there was a lack of resources but we keep on keeping on.  I suppose the debates will continue.

    1. InterestCaptured profile image85
      InterestCapturedposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      some of us keep on keeping on

  4. ftclick profile image55
    ftclickposted 5 years ago

    I agree, the earth does take care of itself. There is a kind of natural population control either by war or natural disaster.

  5. MilesArmbruster profile image60
    MilesArmbrusterposted 5 years ago

    I suppose we would have to consider this in a "per capita" sense. China and India are countries that are clearly overpopulated. On the other hand, The United States has a relatively low population considering the amount of resources and land we have. Before I have kids I pondered this idea with my wife. Really, the issue is not about having children at all, but how many. If every family has two children, then essentially the population will stabilize into the next generation. For example - 10 couples have two children each. That is 20 people in generation 1 and 20 people in generation 2. If each of these families has only one child, the second generation will only have 10 people - the population is cut in half. You can see where this goes.
    (For the record, we decided to have two and a third kid was kinda an accident.)
    There are religious and ethical issues involved. There are also economic issues. And, of course, there is a whole world of misunderstanding. The issue is not an easy one. Good question.

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    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    Several years ago, a "researcher" called me and wanted my comments about people building huge houses, using Al Gore as an example. She wanted to see legislation drafted that would limit the size of a house that a person could build or own based on number of peple, age of children, elderly occupants, etc.

    I told her I had no comment and I was not going to get involved in a social engineering discussion. There is nothing wrong with posing a question as has been done here. Having children is a natural process. My wife and I could not have children so we adopted our son when he was six-weeks old. He is now 28. Some people act irresponsibly which leads to a child being born. You have to think of this as the number line math that back when I was in the eighth grade. For some reasons,  two negative numbers added together equal a positive number. I never understood that. However, because the child is the result of an irresponsible act does not mean that the birth of the child should be viewed as selfish or environmental irresponsible. The birth is a miracle. Our job as a society is to see that these children get the help they need during life.

  7. edhan profile image61
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    Yin & Yang is spoken in Feng Shui.

    I believe there is always a balance between Yin & Yang.

    Having children is joy to family as they will be replacing us when we die. This is the balance of living and dead.

    This is the life cycle where we human beings need to go through. We need to do what we can to control within our means of survival.

    We are creature of circumstances where we handle things as it comes along. I do not believe in stopping birth of children.