Fertility: Some of us are just more productive

  • Article by: David Paul Deavel
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 7:18 AM

And for that you can thank us, because the population has to come from somewhere.

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jurburMar. 1, 13 6:27 PM

Chalk publishing this folly of a piece to a exceptionally slow news day. Most of the world knows it is overpopulated not underpopulated. If a couple can afford to have a lot of kids who cares if they have a dozen of them. The problem is many families struggle to provide for the kids they do have so they chose not to have any more and that decision is the line in the sand for those who are Catholic and those who are not.

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thisisinsaneMar. 2, 13 2:20 AM

As long as you aren't taking government assistance to raise such a large family, I say fine.

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barbjensMar. 2, 13 7:21 AM

Evidently they have the opinion that Woman is put on earth to Reproduce and nothing more. The rest of the people are "slackers" and/or selfish.

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oste0130Mar. 2, 13 7:29 AM

As someone who is struggling from infertility, I find this article extrmely insensitive and insulting.

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okaybruceMar. 2, 13 8:38 AM

@barbens-his wife has a PhD and is a tenured professor.

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detachedMar. 2, 13 8:41 AM

Interesting that you say you are going to have your 6th, "God willing". That is the same thing muslims say about events they cannot control. However, people do have a choice not to conceive. The notion that your procreation is economic altruism is absurd. I can imagine the pillow talk: "Ooh honey, let's shore up social security tonight!" The idea that we must procreate to make more producers/consumers is a rationalization only a Catholic could dream up. But maybe you are from the subdue the earth school. Ann Coulter(a Catholic I believe) sums it up: "The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet -- it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping." You, AND YOUR CHILDREN, should watch the Planet Earth series where it is abundantly clear that earth is not short on people and that the environment and other species are being devastated by our locust like appetites. Your superficial analytical framework may not end life on earth-just human life. And, ironically, for that the earth and remaining species may be grateful. It's just going to be painful for those at the end-perhaps your very own children.

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brian333Mar. 2, 1310:17 AM

I have a liberal friend who is all about saving the planet, who like me, a conservative, has 4 kids. He and I both notice that our neighbors with smaller families regularly have their garbage cans overflowing, and ours are rarely full. Very unscientific, I know, but it goes to show that small families can be very unfriendly for the environment too. Those families also tend to jet around the world on vacations, which we do not. If you raise your kids with respect for what they've been given, to use it wisely, to not be gluttonous, the planet can handle us. It is the rich advanced countries, with small families, that have much more carbon output (if you are concerned about that) than countries with higher fertility rates. As far as getting out of poverty, show me a country where a generation had very small number of children and then got prosperous. Usually, prosperity comes first, which then leads to smaller families (for good or bad). I suspect that is due to the value of human capital and caring for each other.

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jpcooperMar. 2, 1310:28 AM

thisisinsane"As long as you aren't taking government assistance to raise such a large family, I say fine.

If you have 5-7 kids no govt assistance, if you have 1-4 go apply for all you can!

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owatonnabillMar. 2, 1312:26 PM

Stepdaughter and Hubby have four kids ages 14, 9, 6 and 4. Both parents work, but do so that at least one parent is at home whenever a kid or kids are at home. There has been zero day care. They take not one dime of government assistance. The three kids currently in school are at or near the top of their classes in grades, with the 9-year-old recently winning a regional science competition. Family life is stressed above all else: meals are attended by all, and school and other events are attended by at least one parent whenever possible. The kids are polite, respectful and extremely well-mannered. Forgive owatonnabill if he brags, but there is no more important job on this earth than raising the next generation. Owatonnabill's generation did a poor job. Stepdaughter and Hubby are doing it right.

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okaybruceMar. 2, 13 2:03 PM

@averagejoe55: You might like the website: overpopulatonisamyth - google it. Truth is truth.

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