WHY SOME PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE CHILDREN, PART 568 – Another child is born, another English professor despairs:
I cried two times when my daughter was born. First for joy, when after 27 hours of labor the little feral being we’d made came yowling into the world, and the second for sorrow, holding the earth’s newest human and looking out the window with her at the rows of cars in the hospital parking lot, the strip mall across the street, the box stores and drive-throughs and drainage ditches and asphalt and waste fields that had once been oak groves. A world of extinction and catastrophe, a world in which harmony with nature had long been foreclosed. My partner and I had, in our selfishness, doomed our daughter to life on a dystopian planet, and I could see no way to shield her from the future.
Roy Scranton’s NYT opinion piece, adopted from his new book, is titled “Raising My Child in a Doomed World: Some would say the mistake was having our daughter in the first place.”
I absolutely agree – all those who think that we’re heading for an environmental and consequently social, economic and political catastrophe should most certainly refrain from breeding. Do it for your future non-children, do it for the planet. Most importantly, do it for the rest of us.