I’ve got to admit that I’m an habitual contrarian. I try to keep it under control, dampening it from knee-jerk reaction to carefully considered one, but it’s a constant battle. So, to spite the guy Steyn’s quoting in Maclean’s, I may just have two more kids. Just to make it an even three.
If we didn’t have so much motherhood, we wouldn’t have all these people eating apple pies, manufactured in a plant in Guangdong and then shipped on some massive floating carbon footprint all the way to Price Chopper in Cedar Rapids. Motherhood is the root cause. As Mr. Kotler says:
“You don’t need to ask what you need to do for the world. You already know.
“Stop having children. It’s that easy.”
It really is! So he’s calling for a five-year moratorium on having children, planet-wide. The Soviets had five-year plans but Mr. Kotler wants a five-year ban—“because a billion less people is a great place to start.” Key word: “start.”
Oh yeah, buddy? All the girls I know here in this stronghold of environmentalism are on their third kid. A couple of friends are on their fourth. A friend of mine just had two at the same time. I’m not going to wade into Steyn’s territory, demographics, but the stubborn belief that utopia lies just this side of mandated euthanasia and abortion is madness.
Everyone just needs to read Children of Men. Skip the movie, no matter how tempting Clive Owen may be.
Sir Jonathon Porritt, the British government’s “sustainable development chair,” opposes “environmentally irresponsible” breeding. The Daily Mail found a group of Englishwomen, at the peak of their reproductive years, who decided to have themselves sterilized to “protect the planet.”
I’m not convinced that it’s a bad thing that those particular women aren’t breeding, to tell the truth. But I’ve got just one word for this woman:
Rather less high-mindedly, the French author Corinne Maier has a huge bestseller with her book No Kid, and even planted a new word in the language, abbreviating “mère de famille” (i.e., homemaker or “full-time mom”) to merd’euf—or “egg-shitter.”