From my perspective, you’re doing the planet a great service. I might get flamed for saying this, but in our day and age, kids are mainly to feed one’s ego. And now that women can have fulfilling careers, the little people are not a priority any longer.
With 7 billion people around, it’s not like the species will go extinct any time soon…
Idiots will reproduce 5 times.
So many smart people opting out of it, kind of saddening. How many white trash redneck idiots did I grow up with that already have kids? (I’m 22). It’s nuts. If I don’t have kids, I fear I’m doing the world a grave injustice.[/quote]
I was looking at from the burden-on-the-planet perspective, not the dumbing-down-of-society bit.
With regards to outbreeding the idiots and mentally sick, I’m afraid that battle was lost right from the start. Cases like Josef Fritzl’s illustrate that perfectly.
I’ll say it again, having kids is all about one’s ego. When you look at the millions of children starving to death, babies ditched in garbage bins (it’s a common sight in India and China) and the burden Humanity is imposing on Earth’s ecosystem, there aren’t many reasons why you’d have to have kids besides: 1) ego 2) pursuit of eternal life 3) God told me so 4) you’re poor and you see it as an insurance for when you grow older 5) you’re rich and you got bored with pets.
I dramatize of course, but that’s the general idea. Even when people aren’t actually thinking that, instincts subconsciously kick in to make the decision for them. Any anthropologists around?