I’m a grampa and I enjoy it but I cleverly managed to get there without procreating. Let’s hear it for having grandchildren without going through all the muss and fuss of raising kids! I don’t desire offspring, for reasons that are both rational and selfish, and, frankly, I have a hard time understanding those who do want to burden the planet with their spawn.
If it’s because you think you’ve got a lot of love to give, there are plenty of children already in existence who don’t have someone to love them.
If it’s because you want someone to look after you in your old age, isn’t it kind of ethically sick to bring someone into being for the purpose of making them indebted to you?
If it’s to make the world a better place, let’s just say that you don’t appear to suffer from self-esteem issues. Are your DNA or your parenting skills really such that the world cannot and should not do without them?
If it’s to ensure the continuation of the species, let’s just say that there are more than enough people taking care of that without you getting in on, too.
You might find this hard to believe, but some people have actually told me that I owe it to the future of humanity to pass on my genes. Well, guess what: the future of the species is not my responsibility. And why should it be?