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

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Salt Lake City, UT

As an atheist who circulates in "progressive" circles I've heard some of my fellows complain about people who have "too many kids." My own sister has "chosen" to not have them. I think this is a memetic disease of the left. There's a certain anti-having-kids ideology from the 1960s and 70s which continues today: "Because there's overpopulation in third world countries that means I should have no kids myself." It's a false analogy, and it's about the same type of thing as saying "eat your peas because there's starving children elsewhere." This ideology robs people of a key part of life: reproduction! But biology & evolution will have the last laugh.

Who will care that you lived in 100 years? Make a contribution. Be a great artist or a great scientist or have kids. And if you have kids, teach them the value cutting edge art and science.

So yes you do have the right to "choose to be a zero," but that doesn't mean you deserve more respect, and in the end all you'll get is a lack of access to the only real flesh & blood immortality we will ever experience.

Rural Hall, USA, NC

Choosing to have children is a very difficult and frightening prospect, and does mean putting off a lot of material and economic security sometimes, but there is no substitute for the strong relationships and feelings that sprout within a family centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Children keep the world, young, happy, and innocent.

Blue AZ Cougar
Chandler, AZ

This isn't really an issue of religion at all. I work with several people who CHOOSE to not have kids, and there's a real difference in their overall attitude. Some of them act like spoiled brats whenever they don't get their way. They're often selfish because it's all about them. They live to work, and they have nobody else that requires their attention or care. Often these people have dogs and treat them as if they were children, usually referring to themselves as the dog's "daddy" or "mommy".

Newsflash: Dogs aren't kids.

Las Vegas, NV

Not everyone is childless by choice. Some are not able to have children.
So if people want to be considerate, they should watch what they say around others.

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

@Chris B,

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

Somehow the irony of the Catholic taking veiled shots at the Mormons on the subject of God and children is completely lost on you, isn't it?

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@Epinephrine – “Tyler D – “a lower birthrate means more economic decline (look at Europe and Japan). Look at the research next time buddy.”

You’re confusing population growth with economic growth. The later can be related to population growth but it is mostly a function of productivity gains and advancing technology.

And in a world of scarce and limited resources, the belief that continuous population growth is necessary to stave off societal decline simply fails the logic test.

And does anyone really believe India and China are better off because of their geographically dense populations?

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

The greatest thing a man can do is find a woman to marry. The second is to hold his child in his lap if the couple can have children. Not having a child is to me very dumb. What selfishness. They will rue the day they do not have children when they are seniors. We love and adore our children and they seem to like us. we are so proud of them. We feel God has blessed us immensely.

Sandy, , UT

People will be most happy when they build their lives on principles of God rather than when they build their lives on
their feelings. I have found this to be true in my life, and as I have watched the lives of those around me.
Children are a treasure and a gift from God. God says happy is the man whose quiver is full of them. I have 7 children and couldn't be happier!! It does take effort, work, and the right attitude.
Raising children in love with guidance blesses the child with joy and polishes us along the way with a luster that is not replaceable .

Carroll, IA

I realize that many people reading this paper are part of a religion that promotes having kids, that's fine, if you're able to provide for them and properly raise them of course.

Not having kids can be the more responsible, less selfish thing to do too though. I know of many young women who pop out kid after kid, because they're "baby hungry" and can't control their primitive desire to reproduce, and because having kids in many areas of America, particularly Utah, is a very popular, "in" thing to do. So choosing not to have kids because you feel you may not have the resources (financial, emotional, etc...), or because you have some other situation that might cause major problems for you and the child, seems like a very responsible, unselfish thing to do!

It's too bad many of the comments here, as usual, have to come to down to name calling, and political and religious bashing / promoting. My gosh, there has to be more to Utah than that!

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