Someone made a blog just to publish one entry, called Why it’s Selfish to have Children. It seems like this person was an antinatalist. Either way, it’s a good entry.
But what specifically is the problem with having children?
Essentially, you are gambling with someone else’s welfare. You cannot guarantee the person you decided to create will have a good life.
Your child may be born with a major disability; they may be born mentally retarded, deaf or blind. They may be involved in a car accident, get an illness, catch a disease, suffer from depression, or some other misfortune with money or love. Every drunk in the bar, every cancer patient, every drug addict, every beggar you see on the sidewalk was someone’s child. And we have not even considered the suffering they may cause to others, the shoplifter, the rapist, the murdered…
These children did not need to exist, and they would not exist, if their parents had not created them. If they did not exist no harm would have been done, you cannot regret not existing if you do not exist. However a positive choice was made, they do exist and harm has been done.
This is what I am saying;
1) Parents make a positive culpable choice to have children.
2) They do this to make their own lives better.
3) And often create a great deal of suffering as a result.