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  •  Yet all around me (6+ / 0-)

    I see bright young people having babies with the same enthusiasm and optimism as ever.

    I wonder "Have you thought about what kind of a world they'll likely be living in 30 or 40 years from now?" I don't have the heart to say it out loud though, and step on their buzz.

    No, I have no children - so maybe I don't understand the unstoppable urge to reproduce and parent. Maybe it requires a focus on a positive future and denial of overwhelming problems.

    •  Well, during the Clinton years there (3+ / 0-)
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      was unbridled enthusiasm that everything was Hunky Dory and could only get better.  Heck, even the business cycle had been banished in favor of never ending prosperity.

      Now, some would like to say it has been banished in the opposite direction, but IMHO that would really take alot of doing!

      So, kids born today might do alright after all.  They'll just have to learn to live closer together.

    •  change 30 to 40 (0+ / 0-)

      to 10 to 20. Although if they are lucky (??) enough to be here 30 to 40 years on they will have survived fantastic odds and have the battle scars to prove it.

    •  someone's going to have to work to heal the world (0+ / 0-)

      - tikkun olam - after we're gone. who is to say there won't be beauty and companionship and meaning and purpose in the times to come, as there have been throughout human history, even in very dark times?

      i remember growing up in the wake of the first realization in the 70s that these times were coming, and hearing adults say "who could bring children into this world?" as a child who had been brought into this world. i think we are a generation destined to save ourselves and the world from the mistakes of our ancestors, and while it will be hard, i still find plenty of meaning in my life in the beginning of these troubles.

      that is not to criticize your choice not to have children - i would not dare to do so, and overpopulation and overconsumption is a huge problem, especially for those of us in the developed and wasteful first world - but just to say that there are many ways to face what is to come.

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