Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Philosophical Parent
I'm hereby beginning a series of posts about parenting, starting from the beginning and moving through lots of philosophical issues that come up in the lives of parents. This is to get ideas and examples for something I'm writing.
The beginning means--the decision to make a baby. Here's the puzzle that really bothers me. Say you are in the worst possible circumstances for having a baby. You're 18 and already have 3 kids. You're in prison and you're dallying with the guards...
[For examples like this, the book Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is fantastic. Actually, the book is fantastic in all ways.]
...Or maybe you're just a single woman without economic security. Or you're way, way older than the average parent.
So you're in one of those situations and you contemplate having a child. You think to yourself--even if worse comes to worst and the kid's situation is going to be pretty bad, he (she) is almost guaranteed to be glad to be alive.
What does the kid's being glad to be alive tell us? Does it prove there really was no problem with creating that child, as far as the child is concerned?
Your thoughts welcome.