When the rhetoric has been pushed aside and the realities considered, having kids in contemporary America simply is not a swell idea, from either a psychological or a fiscal standpoint. As proud mother and New York TImes columnist Lisa Belkin aptly states, there is “no logical reason” for wanting to bear children. None. Zilch. Zip. Zero. It would seem that the urge to become a mother or father is rooted in a hybrid of cognitive and social constructs, both of which are unlikely to go away anytime in the near future. Nonetheless, the choice to be child-free is one that has gained tremendous respectability over the last several years, and is effectively presenting itself as a viable, mainstream alternative to the faltering status quo. While it is unlikely that the number of those deciding to live a life devoid of parenthood will ever be on par with those choosing to do otherwise, perhaps if the tallies were evened out a bit, those having children would be doing so for legitimate, deeply personal reasons instead of attempting to fit into yesteryear’s ever-constricting mold of stereotypes.
A future this bright should be able to illuminate even the dimmest of hearts and minds.