Want to hear an unpopular opinion: I think we should put Nadya Suleman in jail. Perhaps you don’t recall the name. Perhaps you don’t even believe a crime has been committed. Perhaps you think I should be locked up along the way. Fine. But someone has to start saying things aloud, so here goes:
STOP HAVING CHILDREN.
Nadya Suleman had 14. And they should all be taken from her and raised by fit parents. Seriously, I could care less about the fact that she’s unmarried, unemployed, unable to convince herself that she’s not Angelina Jolie.
She’s a criminal. She’s a murderer. She’s not only guaranteeing her kids a very hard life, she’s killing all of us.
Not too long ago, one of my readers pointed out that I’m pretty good at pointing out what’s wrong in the world and lousy about pointing out solutions. So here’s my simple solution: Stop Having Children.
I call it the 5 Year Ban. For the next five years let’s not have any kids. All of us. The whole freaking planet.
I don’t think this should be a top down approach. I don’t mean a literal government ban. I mean a grassroots movement of responsible adults behaving like responsible adults. I mean a populist moratorium on childbirth.
Why 5 years? Because it’s a manageable number. Because it would mean a billion less people. Because a billion less people is a good place to start.
If everyone living on the planet today were really serious about, well, there being a planet left to live on, a planet left for our children to actually occupy, a planet that can actually sustain life. If we were serious then we would all be using birth control.
All the time. And we would never stop using it.
As always, the most entertaining part of this is the comments from people who believe the writer, Steven Kotler, is completely serious. (OK, so he should have used “fewer,” not “less,” in his post title; I fixed that here.) This one is my favorite, but the various hotheads that urge Kotler to kill himself because they equate a call for fewer new people with a directive to snuff out existing ones are fun to read too.
I see Kotler as mocking, in a timely manner, the banal hypocrisy of those who oppose birth control and abortion yet scream about Suleman. The latter’s addition of eight kids to a ramshackle and already oversized brood is–while unfortunate at best–a drop in the bucket compared to the total number of babies born into dire circumstances the U.S. every day, in large part as a result of backward religious “education” and related solecisms, including the logically indefensible idea that since each of us was given the “gift” of life ourselves, we “owe” it to…well, to something to keep the chain reaction going.
Why aren’t the same people railing against the Duggars? Is someone really going to claim that these kids, no matter well they may be provided for financially (and exactly how the family feeds these hapless crotch-crickets-Christ is unclear but seems to relate to a religious Tony Robbins-style DVD), are growing up in a nurturing environment? They certainly aren’t growing up bright or beautiful–at least these big-ass Mormon families generally have that going for them.