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Why isn't everyone doing it?
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psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 17th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm. I don't feel like I'm in the genetically programmed camp, so perhaps I should answer my own question on why I want kids.

I do have some cultural programming to want kids. My dad had eight siblings, and he once said he thought everyone had a right to have as many kids as he wanted. I certainly wouldn't go that far - the entitlement mentality part of that statement really turned me off, actually - but it did keep me open to the possibility that it might be okay to have children. I don't think this was a strong effect, but it was an effect.

I think that mainly, it has to do with what I'd like the future to be like. I can make a contribution to the future through work and such, but I'd also like to make a genetic contribution. This even goes beyond just taking advantage of its being the only form of immortality currently available.

I do recognize that there are already too many people in the world due to the couple generations of petroleum induced plenty we're currently in the middle of. I completely respect the people who refrain from having kids for that reason, just as I do the people who simply choose not to have kids because it's not for them. However, I don't think the correct solution is for all of us K-selected types to refrain from having children even though we can support them. That would just leave the gene pool entirely to r-selection for genes that encourage reproduction with abandon on the assumption that food is free, which I don't see as a good thing.
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