November 23, 2004

Children - The Lifestyle

Let's face it, having children is not easy - and that's just the beginning! They require an enormous investment of time and money. It's more than a full-time job, it's a lifestyle. Not only is it a lifestyle, it's a lifestyle that, for all but the super-rich, runs counter to the ideal of the good life as conceived by most people. If you want to have children, get ready to stay home (going out is a rare treat) and downgrade your spending habits all around.

Of course, most people would say it's hard, but it's worth it, and I agree. But there's another way of looking at it. It's a little known fact that it's our worldview that tells us what things are enjoyable in life, and what are not. We in the West say that having a nice car, going out to eat, having fun, and most of all being free is what makes life enjoyable. And that's what's so hard about having children, no wonder less people are doing it every year. But, in the immortal words of Janis Joplin: Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.

I am lucky to live among people who share a child-friendly lifestyle, and worldview which tells them that having children is what's most enjoyable in life. Just having this worldview goes a long way to making it so.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at November 23, 2004 12:14 AM
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