Thursday, October 25, 2007

Why?

Don't have childeren. Sounds radical doesn't it? Biology compels us to reproduce. Society has pre-programmed many of us that the natural course is to have childeren. The government gives you tax incentives to have kids so they get more worker bees.

Expectant mothers seem happy, the fathers (if they're around) seem to agree, right? Many of them seem to be liars. In private they're wondering how they'll be able to afford them. How it will change what they, the parents, had for dreams and goals in their lives.

Most of the childeren that I've seen come into the world have been accidents. There have been very few planned pregnancies among those I know. That seems strange to me because I look around and believe that I associate with generally responsible people.

I was a child once, I don't remember but there are pictures of me. My parents, aunts and uncles tell me I was quiet and didn't cause much disturbance. I'm glad that's how I was so I don't sound synical.

I don't want childeren because I can't stand screaming, crying or any other noise associated with them. I enjoy spending time with my friends, working hard, building my business and so on. Kids would prevent that and I know I would resent them for it. You must be commited to having childeren and really desire them or I think you should forget about it.

Each generation has had more than the last for 160 years now. This is about to change. As we enter global energy decline everyone on earth will be competing for resources. I'm wondering how I'll take care of myself and I'm financially fit, can perform physical labor and I have useful mechanical trade skills to earn a living. Childeren would be a terrible drain on the scarce resources that will be at my disposal.

If a child is what you want I push my strongest recommendation against it. That will just be another mouth to feed as the economy collapses over the next 20 years.

The happiest couples I know are child-free; doing what they want when they want. My real estate mentor just retired at age 36 so she and her husband can do and see everything they've ever wanted. Tough to do if junior has to get to school. Will you wait until later in life to do those things? What if you don't live that long? What if oil is too expensive for travel then?

This post is more or less a notice to those in my life who are having childeren. I can not pretend to be happy for you any more. Your choice is accellerating the decline of resources in our world. You force me to pay for their education and it doesn't benefit me one bit. You force your employer to pay you while you you're away from work having the baby.

And why do you all send me pictures of your baby, stacks of them! As if I should be proud of you for doing something that a dog can do. Would you be happy for me if I sent you pictures of my new motorcycle? You wouldn't care either so stop being angry at me.

I've dreaded the thought of having a child since I was 16 years old and my belief has only become stronger with time. Everyone dreads a crying baby near them on an airplane. I'm yet to understand why many desire to have that next to them 24 hours a day.

After exposing my true feelings I wonder if I should even post this. Since you're reading it you know I didn't hesitate. I want all of my friends and family to be happy and enjoy their lives however they wish and if that means having childeren, then so be it. But can someone tell me a reason to have childeren without saying, "They're worth it" or "You'll understand when you have them"?