There are over seven billion people in the world. That’s 7,000,000,000. That’s thousands of millions of human beings.
And yet, for some reason, there are a lot of people lamenting the U.S.’s (and other wealthy countries’) declining birthrates.
I understand that the will to reproduce is strong. If it wasn’t, no woman in her right mind would willingly follow through with pregnancy and childbirth. But with seven billion (again, that’s 7,000,000,000,) people in the world, and with that number morbidly rising, you’d think we’d say, “you know, 7 billion is enough for right now. Let’s take a break from reproduction and feed the starving, or something.”
But we’re not doing that. Instead, people are freaking out as if they think humans are going extinct.
And the underlying rhetoric through this Call to Breed is this: If you don’t have biological children, then you must be living a selfish, hedonistic lifestyle.
And this underlying message is horrendously offensive.
I contend that it is, at the very least, more selfish to have biological children while so many others are homeless, orphaned, or abused. If the urge to parent in you is so powerful, the least you can do is adopt a child who already exists.
With 7 billion people in the world, and nowhere near enough resources to care for them all, it is selfish to add to this problem. By choosing to procreate, you are taking food, resources, and jobs away from everyone else, effectively putting your drive to breed above the needs of literally every other human being on the planet.
And somehow, I am the one who is labeled selfish.