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Kraigmo's avatar

Is it rude (or even disgraceful) to have a baby in an overpopulated city that you have no plans of leaving?

Asked by Kraigmo (7816points) 1 week ago

America’s larger urban cities are feeling the squeeze of over-saturation of people.
There are areas of Los Angeles where it takes 1 hour to drive ½ a mile.
Disneyland is full, thus ruining it. (It used to have days where it was sparse).
Housing in such cities becomes scarce and the prices of rent and property then skyrocket.
The average worker in such cities cannot afford even a studio apartment.
Water then becomes scarce, and trees are cut down, making the droughts worse and the water even scarcer. This causes the wooded areas to dry up…. pushing coyotes, squirrels and wildcats into the city where they compete for resources and kill domestic pets.
And the spiral gets worse and worse, and nothing will solve it except having less babies.
So…. why would a couple choose to have a child, if they permanently live in an overpopulated area? Are we conditioned to think there should be no judgement of this?

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Unofficial_Member's avatar

Is it rude to control how/when people should procreate? That’ll be tough to answer without prejudice. China has once made a rule that every family can only have a maximum of one kid (twins are exception) to cut down their over-growing population in the country but recently they have abolished the rule for the fear that the country will eventually be left with more population of senior age.

I personally think it’s human’s fault for contributing to overpopulation and for causing that they should be made responsible for it, but that’s just me. It’s only wrong when the family couldn’t afford to keep a child but keep on producing countless babies, I don’t care about their right for baby production, for all I know these people should be sterilized! But then again, overpopulated country does have its own perks, for example, human resources would be cheaper (good for companies that run sweat shops).

canidmajor's avatar

Interesting choice of words, @Kraigmo. “Rude” and “disgraceful” seem pretty mild for someone who has made his desire to see control of procreation taken out of the hands of individuals.
When you’re King of the World, imagine the fun you’ll have picking and choosing who gets to breed.

kritiper's avatar

It isn’t ethical to have a baby anywhere in this overpopulated world, much less some city…

Kraigmo's avatar

@canidmajor , there is no implication of forced population control in what I wrote.
But these days, even when a 16 year old girl is pregnant, everyone around her thinks “oh how wonderful”.
When a baby is born in an overpopulated world, don’t you think the least we can do is shift our happiness over the occasion… into concern and social shame?

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Everyone has to decide for themselves.
And nobody thinks “Oh how wonderful” when a 16 year old girl winds up pregnant, especially if she has no way to support the children. They don’t go out of their way to congratulate the father, either, who has no way to support them.

canidmajor's avatar

Oh, please. People are already shaming and judging and carrying on. The problem is less about population and more about resource management. Do some research.
Your continued harping on this subject is silly.

I’m sorry I took the bait.
I’m out.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I say if one is that bothered with overpopulation then lead by example.

kritiper's avatar

@Darth_Algar I have no children.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Grim economic realities have been at work for decades limiting births in our country, where children are the top demographic for poverty, and single women with children right next to them. In an age of declining opportunities for a decent standard of living, it grows ever more difficult to rationally justify child rearing as a viable enhancement to a fulfilling existence.

KNOWITALL's avatar

First, yes, we are conditioned in American society to glorify reproduction and for many people, men included, it’s a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘should we’.

I can only speak for myself, but I do think that is pretty crazy, for many reasons.

(My husband and I, along with many friends and family members, chose not to reproduce. It’s actually a pretty nice life and I don’t feel in any way cheated of my mini-me or the greatest love in the world, that everyone talks about, referring to children.)

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