Yes. Having children is a moral obligation to God/society/family/etc.
No, they are free not to have children. They don't have to answer to anybody
Not if they have reproductive problems.
Yes, even if they have reproductive problems. They can adopt, you know.
They should get a medal for lowering world population.
I don't know.
I bond to people out of mutual respect and good treatment. A family member may or may not meet that criteria.
I don't care whether I am remembered -- I am not egotistical enough for it to make a difference. The effects our lives have continue whether or not we are remembered. I aim for mine to be positive.What is the point of living a meaningful life if it is forgotten soon after your death? Your legacy is the meaning of your life sustained beyond your death.
Unfortunately, reproducing doesn't make "more of you." It makes "a whole new person who may be nothing like you."You know that I respect your brain. That's one reason I would prefer that you perpetuated your line-- not only genetically, but also culturally. The world needs more of you.
And besides that, I would have a lot less time to put my brain to use if my life revolved around the mundanities of children.
You seem to be arguing that intelligent people would be better off hoping they'll pass their brains on than dedicating their lives to using them fully. At what point is someone in that legacy supposed to actually do something with it?
And besides all of that, parenting is not the only -- or even the best -- way to influence culture.
And then there's just the fact that I don't feel any obligation to anyone to throw away what I could do with life just because they would rather I reproduce.
Perhaps, but it goes against your idea that having children implies you will have family to look after you in old age.This is the converse of not needing children to have a family. You can have children and still not have a family. And that is a tragedy.
I do, so don't imply it.I think you know better.
I am not a dog, and I don't go into heat. People don't have a "need to reproduce" card. They have a sex drive, and social pressure. That is enough to keep most breeding.
But on the off chance I ever suffer from a bout of temporary insanity and suddenly believe I must birth the messiah, fortunately I am already fixed.
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No, not all about career, but I happen to do what I love.
I'm 23. And no, it's permanent.
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I think it's best that married couples have children, but I wouldn't say they're inferior.
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."