I’m a cynical person, so babies don’t always symbolize joyous new life to me. Instead my reaction is often, “Great. Another kid added to our already over-populated world.” Yes, I realize this a terrible first reaction to have, but I think maybe I’m partly justified? I mean, this world can barely sustain the population it has today, so what are we going to do in a few years when it has doubled? Maybe mass starvation and disease will bring the population back down, but is that the way we really want to do it?
Scientists argue about what the population threshold will be for planet Earth, but a few billion here or there doesn’t matter much at the rate our population is rising. A threshold that is met in one hundred years needs as much drastic action taken right now as one that will occur in ten years.
Having numerous amounts of children is a Catholic stereotype of course but it really no longer has any merit. Also, the days of having several kids in order to have enough farm labor are more than over.
The irresponsibility of young teenagers having sex and then sometimes getting pregnant is often pointed out by society, but what about the irresponsibility of those who have ten or more children? Many would be angry I suppose that I called a couple’s decision to have ten kids irresponsible, but I believe the results of such a decision are contributing to a problem far worse than teenage pregnancy in itself or for that matter any disagreements over contraceptives.
But what about if I decide to have a kid you ask? Well of course things will be different then. My kid is going to cure cancer by the time he’s eighteen. I’ve got it all planned out for him.