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  • I could rant for pages about how insanely irresponsible it is to have a baby because "what else should I do?"

    I won't.

    I will say -- hopefully enough -- that stories of population explosion could be greatly exaggerated [snopes2.com].

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    • by pudge (1) on 2002.05.30 16:35 (#8969) Homepage Journal
      You assume the reason is "what else should I do." My wife had been pregnant for two months when Sept. 11 came 'round, and in our heads, we thought two opposing thoughts: that we don't want to bring a child into such a horrible situation, and that we should focus more on our family now than ever, because it's the most important thing.

      A lot of people just realized that family isn't something you should put off, whether that meant starting or enlarging their family, or spending more time with their existing ones. Whether or not they acted on that and decided to have kids, I don't know. But the realization I speak of could be a part of it; OTOH, so could the fact that everyone was afraid to leave the house, and humped like rabbits, and babies often are a result of humping (whether like rabbits or not).
      • You assume the reason is "what else should I do."

        I assume it because that's what some people I've asked have literally said to me; I understand that there are people who have children for reasons. My problem is with thoughtless behavior.

        It's that or assume they're lying to me, and I generally presuppose that people don't have a reason to lie to me. Usually, they don't. ;)

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        • Well, your statement was in the context of generalities; you didn't say or hint you were speaking only of specific people.