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Why Bother Having Kids?

Two high-profile figures have recently urged people (somewhat controversially) to have kids. The most famous came at the beginning of January, when Pope Francis argued that the “denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity.” He went on to say that if people don’t have kids “civilization becomes aged” and “our homeland suffers, as it does not have children.”

In that same vein, Elon Musk has repeatedly advocated for having kids, arguing among other things that “if people don’t have more children, civilization is going to crumble.”

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