It’s one myopic worldivew looking at another just like it.
That word there isn’t nice:
“myopic: lacking imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight.”
But it is apt. Neither side recognizes its own selfishness.
Simply put: if my reasons center around me, and my fears, that’s by definition selfish. It does NOT mean that my self-centered reasons are ill-grounded. I think its pretty smart that if you’re mentally unstable and unwilling to or cannot find the abilty to stabilize, then children ain’t for you. Its still an “I, me, mine”–but then, so is deciding to have a kid while in that state.
We have a consumer society, currently: the only way to care for the elderly who don’t have family to advocate for them is to produce consumers to fund them or to print money without anything backing it (inflation: we were not happy at the price of eggs for a while, there, remember). The only reason our dollar is this stable is because its a global currency. The more things that quit trading in our currency, the less stability our inflation will have and either our money will go under or we’ll have to change the way our nation runs.
We have countless governement funded nursing homes with people who have no children or who have absent children that have people dying of dementia with bedsores so severe that their bones are exposed and dying before they do. There are places I wouldn’t send my elderly to die, and without me or another family member stepping up, there is little protection for them. This is the reality anyone who doesn’t either have loyal chilren or good caretakers and tons of money will face.
There is an absolute fear of increasing such hellholes: to avoid it would require a total revamping of our system. We have little to no sanatoriums of any sort left because our system refuses to fix itself: its either increase bad things or drop them altogether (good or bad). Progress has almost always been a lack of progress. I dont have faith in government
And the way our brains work is that when we see the person we will be in the nursing home? We don’t think of that person we will be with parts of the brain that is reserved for us, we think about it like we would a stranger. Our brains are ill-equipped to be anything other than myopic because we cannot easily place ourselves in that nursing home bed, losing our minds, with bedsotes and no one to answer our cries for help.
So, I do see a bunch of people who are headed for a lonely, bitter, poor quality of life death, who don’t have kids.
But I also see the same for those who have children. If you raise people who dont want to rasise kids–who says they will willingly “raise parents” either? I nean, some parents have really been toxic monsters and legitimately have made their own bed–they aren’t going to have advocates at the end of their life.
Just legitimately: if you decided you aren’t going to have kids, ask yourself if youre going to take your parents into your home, fund everything they failed to cover, nursing them yourself when you can’t afford to pay someone else to do so? If you cant see doing this for your own parents, then you know children aren’t a magic answer to this.
That and we are mostly cut off from a generational household. We are pushed to live on our own instead of in a community. When a community has babies, grandma and great grandma are right there, giving mom the breaks she needs so she can raise a large family–so are her sisters. Without this, youre on your own. That’s intimidating for a lot of people.
Beyond this, its a statistical thing: we are now under a growing birthrate. That means a couple could have 40 kids and we are still heading into an era of more people in nursing homes than kds in school. One person changing their attitude and having LESS than 3 kids ain’t doing jack for the numbers. Its really funny when someone lectures you on having children and they stopped at 2. They have no room to talk because they havent met the 2.3 people to replace JUST themselves.
And all this is before medical conditions that get in the way of you having kids even when you want them.