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What's the point in having children?

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My mother says she never thought about it before having me, she was just going through the motions as anyone sane in this society does and then suddenly discovered that taking care of a child and seeing it grow is the most amazingly charming thing she has ever experienced in her whole life. She experienced a kind of love that's just overwhelmingly different that's just too different to any other, even the one she feels towards my grandparents. Watching me to grow up as a nice person makes her feel very satisfied, she also comments, it fillls a void.

So I guess you could argue that, in a way, the point of having children is to experience something that's out of the ordinary of whatever characterised your earlier life.



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SvennoJ said:
To feel alive and have a purpose in life.

 

This.

 

Whether that purpose is to continue your family line, etc



    

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I don't know if this is the whole reason -- or if this speaks for anybody else -- but my reason for having a child was, in part, philosophical. So far as I can tell, I have this one life. And it seems to me that fatherhood has been a large part of the human experience since forever (and figures to continue to be, going forward). I wanted to have that experience, as a means of fully investigating what it means to be human, in the small time I have to do so. I wanted to see childhood from the other end.

And by being a father, it has given me insight into my own upbringing, into my parents and the choices that they made, and into what other people around the world routinely experience. Being a father, furthermore, has pushed me to evaluate and develop myself in ways I had not even considered previously. It has provoked me to be more reflective than ever before. It has made me a better person (mostly).

It is often crushingly hard, being a parent -- for me, at least -- and I would not recommend it to everyone. But if I could, I would not choose otherwise for myself.



Lonely_Dolphin said:

Sustaining humanity would be the technical reason, but cmon no one actually cares about that. Maybe sustaining their own family name or some egotistical nonsense like that. The way I see it, there's very few good reasons to create more humans. One positive I could see be more social opportunities, but surely the spouse and friends should be enough. There is no reason one needs to experience having a child, and even then, I think adoption is better. Potentially helps those who's unfortunate existence is too late to prevent. Of course I would have a negative view on this given my upbringing, so perhaps that's keeping me from seeing the point.

No need to be bitter towards having children just because you're too lonely a dolphin to make any yourself.



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You can like to have kids or not but even if not you should understand that there is a difference between having kids or having friends so that you need no kids for social activities.

What a weird comparison



Azuren said:
Lonely_Dolphin said:

Sustaining humanity would be the technical reason, but cmon no one actually cares about that. Maybe sustaining their own family name or some egotistical nonsense like that. The way I see it, there's very few good reasons to create more humans. One positive I could see be more social opportunities, but surely the spouse and friends should be enough. There is no reason one needs to experience having a child, and even then, I think adoption is better. Potentially helps those who's unfortunate existence is too late to prevent. Of course I would have a negative view on this given my upbringing, so perhaps that's keeping me from seeing the point.

No need to be bitter towards having children just because you're too lonely a dolphin to make any yourself.

Misery loves company.



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Mnementh said:
Lonely_Dolphin said:

Sustaining humanity would be the technical reason, but cmon no one actually cares about that. Maybe sustaining their own family name or some egotistical nonsense like that. The way I see it, there's very few good reasons to create more humans. One positive I could see be more social opportunities, but surely the spouse and friends should be enough. There is no reason one needs to experience having a child, and even then, I think adoption is better. Potentially helps those who's unfortunate existence is too late to prevent. Of course I would have a negative view on this given my upbringing, so perhaps that's keeping me from seeing the point.

If we reach medicine which allows us to live nearly infinite we actually could have only few kids. So let's advance medicine. Or transhumanism. Dunno which will bring the answer.

Bring forth the cyborgs! Seriously, imagine being able to upload your whole brainbank of memories and consciousness into a robot and living your life upgrading yourself like some immortal Iron Man and shit! :o



People are genetically wired to want children, that's how we've come so far. Thanks to technological and social advancements most reasons to have children have vanished. Good thing there will always be miserable people who won't be distracted by comforts of normal life and need to make children to support them emotionally and economically.

Either way, the next 100 years are gonna be really interesting.



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Well, I didn't want to miss out on what life with children has to offer. I'm a father of two now and wouldn't change it for anything. It gives another purpose to life, helps you grow as a person, challenges you in new ways, brings great responsibility and so on. It's not always easy but all those feelings both positive and negative are a part of life.

And everything donathos said in his post.