Is It Ethical To Have Children In The Modern Age?
Among all the the questions about whether or not to have children, one often gets overlooked in my mind, and that is the question of ethics. I’m sure you could probably make arguments for either side (and I challenge someone to argue from the other point of view), but I’m going to make an ethical case against having children in the modern era.
Take a look at the world around you. Seriously, just take a look at it. We humans have turned it into a scary place indeed. War, conflict, unrest, disease, famine, and the list goes on. The modern world is a very, very scary and gloomy place indeed. We’re using up our unrenewable resources faster than we ever imagined possible, and before too long we won’t have the very resources we’ve come to rely on to sustain our species.
The closer we get to running out of those resources, the competition for those very resources increases. And how do humans compete? More war, more conflict, more fighting. Combine that with the fact the human population is still growing at a rapid rate, and you can see where this is going: this world is going to be a total disaster area In other words, this world is going to become a more hostile environment with each passing generation, and quite frankly I’m just glad I won’t be alive to see the very worst of it. “World peace?” It’s never going to happen, and the more time goes by, the farther away from world peace we’re going to get.
So, with that, why would you subject another poor little human to this world that’s becoming ever crueler and more dangerous? How could you, in good conscience, do such a thing? I know I couldn’t. I’d never be able to live with myself and I’d feel guilty about doing so.
In that light, my ultimate answer to the question is that it is in no way ethical to bring new life into this world in this day and age.