Go read this article and then come back. I'll wait...(If you can't read it all don't worry, I'll summarize it for you)
Okay did you read it all? It you couldn't stomach it or just didn't have time to read it I'll sum it up for you. (First I have to give credit to Mormon Mommy Wars for bringing it to my attention) It is about two separate couples who have taken sterilization measures to make sure that they will never have children. I'm okay with that--no everyone has what it takes to be a parent. Only bring children into this world if you want them. But that's not the reason they don't want to have children. They claim that children are a negative impact on the environment, that every child born on this earth is a danger to the future of the planet. One woman even went to great lengths to have an abortion because she "mistakenly" got pregnant. Sorry, don't have sex then! That is what sex is for, ya know? (Okay for a few other reasons but when you get down to the nitty gritty of it, that's what it's for.) In fact just after I read this article T-Bone and I were watching a nature documentary about wild horses in Montana. It was eye-opening to watch these horses in action. They chose families and stayed together. They mourned together and they reproduced. Why? Because they knew that they needed to reproduce to survive.
Anyway, enough on the sex thing, back to the couples...They call having children "selfish" because all it's for is to carry on our own gene pools. I have to say from the one kid I did make I'm pretty darn happy about carrying on my gene pool. That kid is wonderful if I do say so myself! I must be the most selfish person in the world according to them. What about all the animals in the world reproducing? No one tells them what to do. Are they selfish because they want to carry on their gene pool? It's just innate. Once again they do it because they know their species cannot survive without it.
I want to know what their answer to the question "What would happen to the planet if everyone believed as you do and stopped having children for the sake of the planet?" I'm sure they would be thrilled that there was no more carbon footprints left by anyone. Seriously though? As a member of my church I know that the earth was created for our use. Now, I'm all about conservation and recycling. We all can do our part to keep our Earth healthy. Moderation in all things. But I also know that it is not only necessary for children to come to this earth but we have a divine responsibility to bring children here.
As a woman who has one child and desperately wants to hold another in her arms but is having trouble achieving that goal, this is heartbreaking. I'm almost glad that these women are not having children so that they can't pollute them with this nonsense. I can tell you that bringing children into this world is one of the most selfless things any person can do. Now tell me who's selfish?