I thought about putting this in off topic, but since the discussion will revolve around the current political situation, I decided to put it here.
If we go back 100, 200, 500, 1000 years we had rampant disease, periodic starvation, wars,,, and people still reproduced.
Today, we live in an oppressive society that is overly regulated.
The US is deep in debt, and has no solution in sight.
Seems every nation and their brother and sister has nuclear weapons.
Cost of living has outpaces wages.
With all of this and more, why would anyone want to bring a child into the world?
Even basic stuff, such as home ownership is a fading dream for most people.
College education cost a fortune.
There was once a time when a person could finish high school, then go to work in a shipyard, steel mill, car factory,, and earn a good living. But those days are far behind us.
Why would I want to bring a child into the world, only to watch that child struggle with college, struggle to buy a home, struggle to find a job,,,.
As humanity progresses, shouldn’t things get easier? Shouldn’t getting an education get cheaper and easier? Shouldn’t owning a home get cheaper and easier? Its as if humanity reached a pinnacle in the 1970s, and it was downhill from there.
Wages have stagnated since the 1990s, while cost of living has skyrocketed, especially the cost of home ownership.
One sad fact, the poor are outbreeding the middle class and the rich.
For the middle class and the rich its an economic advantage to only have one, maybe two children. The cost of daycare, clothing, school supplies,,, plays a factor in planning how many children the couple will have.
For the poor, its an economic advantage to has as many kids as possible. The more children the family has, the more benefits they draw. Once the family reaches a certain child:income ratio, the government will give the family grants for the parents to go to school.
If you want your college paid for, have a couple of kids and apply for grants.
One reason we have children is because we want to leave part of ourselves behind. Through our children, and our childrens children, part of us will live forever. But is carrying on our family worth the misery our children will have to go through?
Another reason we have kids is because the husband and wife love each other, and the children are a symbol of that bond. Do you think 3 or 4 generations later anyone is going to give a crap about how much you loved your spouse?
Another reason to have children is partially based on religion. God told Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply. With 6 billion people on the earth, maybe we have multiplied enough?
Governments of the world are corrupt, we produce enough pollution that humans are changing the global climate, and we keep reproducing. Why?