A recent article in, “The Wall Street Journal” titled, “More U.S. Women Going Childless” points to the trend of many women, either due to their own choice or infertility, not having any children by the time they reach the end of their fertile years. Other articles I have read indicate that a woman with a high level of education and income is not as likely to have as many children as one with less education and lower socio-economic status.
There are so many aspects to this demographic situation but what I would like to address is more in the line of how this will impact family and culture. I have to wonder, at least in the cases of decisions not to have offspring, what it feels like to be the end of a family line – in many cases the woman is an only child or has a sibling that also is not going to have children. We are all here because our ancestors fought wars, survived disease, and worked hard to provide for families that would extend their contribution to human civilization into the future. Today we see many people deciding to break that chain extending back countless generations.
Of course this is not to single out women. Very often I have encountered couples where the wife desperately wanted children but sacrificed that opportunity out of love for a husband that absolutely did not want children, or already had children from a previous marriage. I touched on this issue in my second book, “Freedom from Conscience – Melanie’s Awakening” in which the main character is faced with her lover asking her to get sterilized. Of course you have to read the book to see how that turns out.
Culture and traditions are passed down through families. Our children learn from us and in turn teach these aspects of life to their children. As sad as it is that species have gone extinct in the past we might also be losing a lot of positive diversity in regards to the human experience when people decide to make themselves the end of the genetic and family line.
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