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Is it morally right to have children just to fit in with the rest of society? (2 replies)

Nina
6 years ago
Nina 6 years ago

I am sure that many people have children because it was their lifelong dream and those children end up being loved and cherished as a result. However, many others have children just because they think it is what is expected of them. I mean how do you explain for example that some people have children then send them off to boarding school as early as 6 years old up until their teenage years. That to me is unnatural and from what I read, some of those children end up being scarred for life. If your lifestyle does not allow for children, then at least have the courage to remain childless. But obviously it seems that the need to fit in with the rest of society is far greater for some than the welfare of a child.

MattB
6 years ago
MattB 6 years ago

I have to say that I find the whole boarding school thing hard to understand too. I mean why bother have children if you are not ready to look after them. I can only imagine how a child of six feels about being sent off to live with total strangers. Terrible in my view.

Nina
6 years ago
Nina 6 years ago

There is still this powerful assumption that everyone should aspire to have children, whether they are parent material or not. It takes a great deal of courage to go against that grain. The more people read about childlessness and how it is another of life's path in the same way that having children is, the more likely it is that we will reach a stage where childlessness will no longer be frowned upon.

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