Global warming, population explosion, declining ethics, war, genocide. Does the human race have any hope of a meaningful survival and experience? Should we celebrate or lament the birth of a new person?
you misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting that the urge to have sex is being denied. I was really speaking of the urge to reproduce. Possibly you are too young to know of this urge, but most people, at a certain age, realise that a part of their life's purpose is to reproduce. I believe this is a biological urge, an instinctive drive which cannot easily be ignored.
I just read your profile, and learned that you're obviously not too young to know of this urge and in fact have fulfilled it.
I used to believe that procreation was a bad thing to do. maybe not immoral but just not good news for your offspring or yourself. Somehow as i grew up I changed my mind.
Certainly there is a possibility to consider procreation as somehow immoral, but the only way to regulate the morality would be to legislate against excessive procreation, and that's what gave rise to my question:
Is it moral to demand that others cease or refrain from procreating?
Right, like it has been China or India in the past, but apart from legislated compliance, I simply wonder if people as individuals in the western world turn their minds to notions of "zero population growth" before making the decision to have children, and if they don't whether they should.
I think procreation is neither moral nor immoral. It all depends on how you raise your kids. If they are environmentally concious, then what harm could they possibly do to the environment? if procreation is banned, then we would just die out, right? I think that people should have to get a license before they can have kids. then we would have a lot less bad parents out there.