According to Yahoo news, more and more people are abandoning the idea of having children in America (and globally). The reasons vary, but the article points to the belief that having children makes a couple unhappier and places a major financial burden on the couple.
Obviously, when it comes to having children, there is a major financial burden involved. For instance, I can survive on a reduced income compared to Josh simply because I don’t have kids while he does. Once I’m married, the years without children will be less stressful because it’ll just be my wife and myself. So no one can or should argue that having children doesn’t increase the responsibilities for an individual. Sadly, however, we are a society that tends to shirk responsibility unless there is something in it for us, hence we’re trending towards not wanting children.
To me, such a trivial thing underscores how selfish we are as Americans. It’s one thing to want to avoid having children because you can barely feed yourself, much less someone else. It’s a whole other to refuse to have children because you want to drive the nicest cars, live a completely independent life, or have nice things. If the reason one is avoiding having children is because the focus is on one’s self, then that person is a child in the body of an adult.
Having children requires sacrifices, responsibility, the putting of someone else first, and patience. In other words, it requires love. So perhaps many of these couples who simply don’t want to have a child due to their materialistic dreams are couples that simply lack love.