“What if everyone stopped having kids and the human race died out?”
A classic childfree bingo I’ve been asked numerous times. Realistically, this isn’t going to happen any time soon. But if for some reason humanity became extinct, it wouldn’t bother me.
I enjoy being alive. I intend to live long and prosper and encourage others to do the same. But I don’t fear the end of the human race.
In one of my frequent lively debates with a dear friend, he asks, “Why should a potential being be denied the right to live?”
To that I respond, “Why should I, an existing person, deny myself the opportunity to live how I’m inspired to live—childfree?”
Our discussion on antinatalism in episode 6 with Amanda Sukenick gives a glimpse into the mindset of this social movement. I don’t believe that all procreation is morally bad. If a person feels a deep calling to have a child and be a loving provider, go for it.
That being said, based on the state of the world, I’m not sure procreating this much is necessary. But I can’t invoke my inner Thanos and snap my fingers.
What I can do is continue to be a part of the childfree conversation.