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.
About the GINK blog
- A reporter wants to hear from people who are #childfree & green — or thinking about env’t while deciding about kids: facebook.com/GINKthink/post… 11 months ago
- Having kids makes people miserable, new study confirms: grist.org/living/having-… #childfree 1 year ago
- Pope says #childfree people are "selfish." Is he included? I've never understood the liberal love for this guy. theguardian.com/world/2015/feb… 2 years ago
- Why I’ll never have kids, & why you shouldn’t either: grist.org/article/why-il… @kittypurrzog will be your favorite new #childfree writer. 2 years ago
- Reason #453 to be #childfree: Elf on a Shelf (which I only just now heard about — yikes). 2 years ago