"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
The saying... Any man can be a father, it takes a special man to be a Dad.... comes to mind. Anyone can produce children (as long as they are physically able to do so) ... raising them is a totally different thing. I dont think you have to have children to better society. In fact there are some out there who I would say are doing society a severe dis-service by the children they are raising. I also think that there are those who have no children but produce for society in other ways that are just as important.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
I voted false because if all things are equal in a negative way (i.e. take two people that are both criminals who would raise their children to be criminals) the one who does not procreate (for whatever reason) actually helps society more by not having children than the one who would have children to raise them as criminals.
All other things are never equal.
In addition, since we by no means are in need of population expansion, we would truly be better served by many people (especially those with weaker genetics) choosing* not to have children. Remember Idiocracy? That was the result of people having lots of kids and not doing so much else. Reproduction is not inherently valuable in a society with a stable population.
*Choosing, meaning I am not advocating eugenics.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
This is kind of "chicken or the egg" argument. You can't benefit society unless somebody births you. Mother Theresa's parents could have decided against children and the good never would have been done by her.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton