That egg and sperm have as much genetic information as the zygote as far as I know , so why aren't they me too? It's the idea that fame and fortune, or for deeper stories a happy and peaceful home and the death of one's enemies, should come to those who live the virtuous life. I left home at 17 and have been supporting myself ever since. Now that I have kids and am knee-deep in parenting, I forget that not everybody cares about my kids as much as I do. In my previous message I was trying to convey my opinion that what you present as an eternal truth is a very modern concept. As mentioned earlier, the external pressures of society have changed our ideals, ambitions and life styles. Their bills are high, their income is low — they can barely afford to pay rent and feed themselves, let alone take on the financial responsibilities of raising a child.
As for the other reasons: the particular names or ancestry of children in the next generation is a pretty morally neutral matter, and there doesn't seem to be any reason why someone would be morally obligated to ensure that the next generation has people in it with their own surname. Most women I know had problems and couldn't do it. You are inflicting an uncertain environment on a sentient being who didn't ask for it. For how long you can work like a machine? The breeders are selfish for popping out kid after kid in conditions that nobody should have to live in. Whatever their opinion about the childfree lifestyle was or bingos, my options were: Changing the subject or let it slide.
It seems to me an equally plausible view would be that whenever a sperm and an egg combine, the result is a human being. No childless couple would insist that every couple remain childless, and they would expect the same tolerance to be accorded to them from the other side. Or even plants, would be too much. It is just that in some cases, genetic flaws result in a human being so profoundly disabled that it cannot survive more than hours or days. You decided that creating a small version of yourself on an already overtaxed and populated planet was something you just had to do because your genes are extra special. Also I think you answered this but I want to be sure , do you think that all individual humans are people? You'll feel differently once you become one.
Surely there is room for a wider definition of the Childfree Life? As I say, this does not prove anything, and you can always argue that the lives of the 5000 embryos really are morally equal to the lives of 5000 men, women and children. I was, of course, using schizophrenic in the non-psychiatric sense per Merriam-Webster's Unabridged: 3 : contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes I suppose I could have phrased the remark in terms of cognitive dissonance. It also brushes off the decision and invalidates the people who made it as not knowing their own minds. It's a lot of work, but in between work I just play online. You say I have an obligation.
And why not their life beginning as the sperm and the egg, or before that? Neither of us hate children. And the child can't consent. When are you going to have kids? I just had a baby! You could have just made your point without that remark. In June, Malaysia Airlines banned babies from many of their first class cabins, prompting other major airlines to consider similar policies. Not to be morbid, but people of all ages die.
She still brings up babies, a lot. They may have a fuckton of issues that keep them from breastfeed. Now I can take meds and be somewhat less fucked up. So must the disciples be, in respect to God. My mom sent me baby booties shudder for Christmas last year.
For one thing, neither is actually going to disappear on a foreseeable timescale. They don't replace each other. You do have an obligation to not inflict harm. My husband and I chose not to have children for myriad reasons. And focus on such debates which actually matter to humans.
If those words ever come out of my mouth, then this would be a valid question. I speak from experience as a jerk from time to time , so I know what I'm talking about. This is often looked at as laying down one's life in death but it can also be seen as laying down how you live your life or to sacrifice one's life by dedicating it. When these great values present themselves to our freedom, we are drawn out beyond ourselves and integrated into great realities that expand us and make us more alive. If other people think more children is a good thing, then they can have them. From the old, online Catholic Encyclopedia:.
But since I think you were hoping I would explain it in my own words, I will give a couple of others: First, living so that your life becomes a kind of parable. These are the things we love to do. The Daily Mirror in the U. The author could have used any metaphor, he chose to compare children to weapons in the hand of a warrior. The vast majority of people are pleased to be alive. My own father is a physician and my mom has said that he was literally born to do this job. So it is clear that the Catholic doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary consists of far more than the idea that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.