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Children and Ethics

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Elizabeth Kolbert has an interesting essay in The New Yorker about the ethics of parenting, wondering whether if there are ever ethical reasons to have children. Ethics certainly don’t determine whether people will have children but it’s an interesting conversation to have. The last paragraph:

The decision to have a child, or one more child, or yet another child may seem to be a personal one—a choice about how many diapers you want to change in the short term versus how many Mother’s Day cards you hope to receive later on. But to see it in these terms alone is to be, as Caplan points out on the cover of his book, selfish. Whatever you may think of Overall’s and Benatar’s conclusions, it’s hard to argue with their insistence that the decision to have a child is an ethical one. When we set the size of our families, we are, each in our own small way, determining how the world of the future will look. And we’re doing this not just for ourselves and our own children; we’re doing it for everyone else’s children, too

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