I am starting a new book about parenthood--or perhaps I should say, to be cautious, a new manuscript. (Whether it winds up being a book remains to be seen!)
For the longest time, I've been stuck on the most basic of basic questions--What's a good reason to have children? I'm also interested in the more straightforward question--why do people have children? But let's focus on the more "normative question"--what makes sense as a reason to have a child (in today's world)? Here are your options:
(1) To benefit myself in some way (care to specify?)
(2) To benefit the child. (explain!)
(3) To benefit other people (eg, to benefit a sibling)
(4) To make the world a better place (in a sense different from any of the above).
(5) No reason necessary. (Why not?)
I mainly just want to listen. Any comments will be appreciated.