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Published: Monday, Aug. 5 2013 2:40 p.m. MDT

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Tyler D
Meridian, ID

And now here come all the religious fundamentalists to tell us how declining birth rates will doom society… wait for it…

BigLebowski
Mesa, AZ

“The idea that women don’t have babies because they are ‘selfish’ is not only reductive, in so many cases, it is simply incorrect,”

I think she needs to lookup the definition of the word 'selfish'. According to Dictionary.com Selfish means "devoted to or caring only for oneself, concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc."

If you are not taking care of someone else and their needs then aren't you only caring for yourself? Not saying you can't be selfish, lots of people are. By definition, if you choose to only take care of yourself then you are selfish.

So she don't care for the negative connotation? Sorry but you don't get to play the non-selfish card here.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

No, children cost an incredible amount of money. I'll be more then able to provide for myself through the money I'll save by not having children.

And no, God doesn't care if you have kids or not.

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

The problem in society is not childless couples but terrible parents.

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

Old testament, Genesis 1:28 "...be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it..."

As far as I know, anyone who believes the Old Testament will see this verse as the first commandment given to us: a commandment to multiply. I think that means "have some kids."

Epinephrine
Grand Forks, ND

@ Tyler D:

Couples having less children means less financial support for retiring baby boomers. Also, a lower birthrate means more economic decline (look at Europe and Japan). Look at the research next time buddy.

?
SLC, UT

Some folks don't have children, but it doesn't mean they don't want them.

merich39
Salt Lake City, UT

Having children without the ability to provide for their physical and emotional needs is more selfish than not having children at all. The world does not need more unwanted children.

I've seen neighbors who get a dog on Day 1. They play with and take care of their new dog on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3, they buy one of those backyard, chain-link kennels and the poor dog spends the rest of it's life ignored in that kennel.

I've seen parents who take essentially the same approach with their children. They decide to have a child for some unknown reason and spend the rest of that child's growing years trying to keep the child away.

We should not coerce children onto those who do not genuinely want them.

?
SLC, UT

It does matter whether you have children or not. On occasion you hear folks complain about others having too many children. But unless you die young, we're all going to get old. Having someone to care for you when you are old isn't the only reason to have children, but is a pretty good reason to have them or as a society to be willing to assist those who do have them and do want them. It may be selfish to not have children, but may be just as selfish to neglect your parents. So then it becomes just as necessary for society to care for the sick and elderly whether they've had children or not. Ideally, parents should care for their children as children should care for their parents. But because things don't always work as they could or should, be kind to children and those who have them, because they are raising those who we will eventually need to help us. Those lucky enough to have children be good to them and do right be them so they'll be willing to look out for you and a few of the rest of us.

birder
Salt Lake City, UT

One problem with the decline in birthrates is that we end up like many countries in Europe - in a state of negative population growth. When the population cannot replace itself, that leads to huge problems. There are some people who probably should not have kids (I've seen a few in my career working in public schools), but for many people who are emotionally stable and are able to have kids and choose not to, it can be selfish.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

For people who don't want them, not having children is the best thing they can do and we should applaud them for it.

Let's Agree to Disagree
Spanish Fork, UT

"...if childlessness is something Americans should worry about."

Not unless we create foolish social programs that depend on the young to support the old via taxes...oh wait!

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Why do so many people let others define their goals for them?

Having it all very simply means having everything you consider important - everything you want.

If your goal in life is a large family - than when you have that large family, you will have it all.

If money is your goal - than having money means you have it all.

This ridiculous back-and-forth over whose life is better is a waste of time and the height of absurdity. The only person who needs to be happy with your life is you. And you will be a lot happier if you stop waiting for everyone else to sing your praises.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with "Hutterite" and applaud all those who don't have any children they don't want.

On the other hand, I found the comment by Carolina A. Miranda in her article, “Childfree Adults Are Not ‘Selfish.’ ” worthy of a chuckle.

She said, “My husband and I chose not to have children for myriad reasons. I’d say selfishness is not among them. First and foremost, neither of us was ever keen on the kid thing. I’ve never felt a desire to get pregnant or give birth. If I have a biological clock, it’s on mute.”

I agree that the fact they don't wish to be biological parents doesn't necessarily argue that they are selfish, per se. However, the "Childfree" moniker seems to denote a desire to not parent children at all. That is, to not personally care for or provide any nurturing for children. Her argument then becomes, "Just because I don't want to care for others doesn't mean I'm selfish."

For me, it is the wish to not be encumbered by the care of others, especially children, that places someone, firmly, in the "selfish" category.

Kathy.
Iowa, Iowa

Are these the same group that say your children belong to the State?

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I do not think that people should go out and have 10 children just for the heck of it, but even if you do not want to raise a kid, have one and give it up for adoption. There are hundreds of people who want children and cannot have them. Some may not call the refusal to have children selfish, but that is pretty much what it boils down to at the end of the day. The need to have at least some children being birthed is basic social science (not just Bible thumping fundamentalists understand this by the way. It is called being well educated with social issues).

FanofTHEgame
Mapleton, UT

If I've never had children what do I really know about having children. I can observe those with children as being "oppressed" or whatever word I deem right, but I don't know how they feel when they tuck their child in at night or what they feel in their heart when their child takes their first step. Conversely, I don't how they feel when their child commits a heinous act or the worry they feel when their child is missing. I only see what I see, but I never know. Being a parent is no cake walk and if that is what you want then I certainly wouldn't recommend having children. "Happiness," if it could be measured, isn't the material result or even outcome of parenting. For those that choose to be parents whether for hardwired biological, moral, religious, economic (ridiculous) reasons the result is experience. What does it mean to climb Mount Everest? I really don't know and never will. But, I am a parent. You can gain a lot of happiness in this lifetime without being a parent, but you will not gain the ultimate experience of life without being a parent.

Mont Pugmire
Fairview, UT

I one time dreamed of driving a Porsche 911. Instead, I traded the Porsche for 5 children and 24 grandchildren. The Porsche would by now have worn out and been discarded. My family has brought me joy from the moment I laid eyes on our first born, now 45, and that joy continues to grow exponentially. I still love Porsches but my family is a treasure beyond worth.

Utexmom
Flower Mound, TX

Tyler D is trying to manipulate us into not responding in favor of children. We don't have to be Fundamentalists to love having children.

Only those who have had children know how very unselfish you must become to do a good job raising those children. They take a lot of time, but they become your greatest treasures. If you raise them to be unselfish, they will grow up giving back to you and society. Raising a child imprints them upon your heart in such a way that there are none who could take their place.

I cannot imagine not wanting to have children. What is a greater service to mankind than to spend one's time molding and creating success for another human being? No one is in a position to do this more than a parent. It's the hardest job there is, yet it is the most rewarding - even though there can be a lot of sorrow involved also. I can't imagine happiness without my family - my children (grown now) and husband. It gets even better when they have grandchildren. So good to see your kids go through the same things you did.

ContrarianGringo
OREM, UT

It was someone else's kid that later became my wife and brought me lots of happniess.
It was someone else's kid that served me at the restaurant and gave good service.
It was someone else's kid that worked in a factory that built the car I drive.
It was someone else's kid that worked on a farm so I could have groceries.
It was someone else's kid that works at the power plant and constructed power lines so I could lighten my own home.
It was someone else's kid that taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ during Sunday school.
And so on...

Kids bring a lot more good into the world than evil. We need more of them!

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