Single, Childless Man: Not Having Children is Selfish

Single, Childless Man: Not Having Children is Selfish February 15, 2015

A man who has never been married, had sex or (obviously) had children is lecturing those of us who have chosen not to have children, saying that we are being “selfish” because of some Deepok Chopra-level word salad about “energy” and childbirth. That man, of course, is the pope:

“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” the pope said.

“The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.”…

The remarks echoed earlier comments by the pope on the topic of childlessness. Last year, he warned against the lure of a “culture of wellbeing” that can come when a couple does not have children and has the money and freedom to take nice holidays and buy a second home in the countryside.

“It might be better, more comfortable, to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog,” he said. “Is this true or is this not? Have you seen it? Then, in the end, this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness.”

See, here’s the difference between me and the pope. Neither of is married or likely ever will be and neither of us has children or ever will, but I’m not a giant hypocrite who goes around lecturing other people about what choices they should make in their own lives. I think if people want to have children, they should have them. And if they don’t want to have children, they shouldn’t have them. Either way, it is absolutely none of my business — and sure as hell isn’t any of the pope’s business.


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