I believe human beings are special not because we can reproduce — all animals do that. Human beings are special because we can propagate not just our genes, but our very thoughts and philosophies. We can leave a piece of ourselves behind in the form of our ideas. Our children are the books we write, the organizations we found, and the buildings we put up.
Passing on genes is one thing, but leaving a legacy behind is entirely another. We can leave a definite stamp in human history that far exceeds that of mere reproduction. After all, nobody will remember you three generations removed. But if you were Jane Austen, you’d be remembered for eternity. Tom, Dick, and Harry’s progeny mean nothing to me, but the ideas of Homer, the achievements of Catherine the Great, the monuments of Ramses II, the speeches of Lincoln — those shape not just my thoughts, but the thoughts of millions.
So do I choose to make a difference in three lives or 3 million? I choose to leave a lasting legacy behind.
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- Mitt Romney tells college grads to have lots of babies: bit.ly/1008gAA And he thinks #childfree people with dogs are nuts. 2 weeks ago
- Startling frankness from a woman who wishes she were #childfree: Mother says having kids is her biggest regret: bit.ly/11xfH25 3 weeks ago
- Stop Telling Me I’ll “Change My Mind” About Wanting Kids -- more from @JenKirkman's new book on being #childfree: ti.me/ZIRK4J 3 weeks ago
- It's Very Condescending to Tell a Childless Woman She'd Be a Great Mom, by @JenKirkman, author of new #childfree book bit.ly/11EpnFd 3 weeks ago
- Here's a good idea: Contraception and abortion now free for French 15-18 year olds: rfi.my/10vBoNX 1 month ago