Monday, July 6, 2015

Mother of the year

I read an article about a French flight attendant who wrote a book about unusual experiences she's had as part of her job. One such experience was being asked by a woman with kids where the daycare was. Understandably bewildered, she asked the woman to repeat her question, and she did. When the flight attendant answered that there was no such service on the plane, the woman blew a fuse and went all "there's no place for me to drop my kids off? You mean I'm going to have to watch over them for EIGHT HOURS?"

Here's a question... if you can't even keep watch over your kids for a while, if you're not willing to invest time in them, why have them in the first place?

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  1. For some people, having kids is only a step into progressing a relationship further, just like marriage is. They don't question if it's truly what they want. They do it because they feel obligated to for whatever reason. It's sad, really.
    I've heard people trying to excuse such behavior by saying that people can't give what they were never given in the first place. So if that woman had never been loved by her own mother, that it would be impossible for her to know how to give motherly love to her own kids.
    I personally think it's a depressing perspective, because you can't really choose your childhood.

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    1. True. It doesn't always excuse incompetent parenting just because one didn't have the best childhood. Parenthood programs really need to be emphasized more in this day and age. Yes, we all have our own personal challenges that we need to deal with, but we have to recognize our own individual capabilities and limits as well. If one is not willing to care for a child, then one needs to come to terms with that and not test fate.

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    2. Difficult but rewarding
      Passing down your legacy, who you are, in some form, down to another generation and teaching your child about the world is one of the best experiences imaginable if you raise them right, sure it might take discipline and hard work but it turns out right in the end

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  2. The stupidity of mankind is astounding.

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  3. You sound like me and my parents when we're talking about how inept most people are at handling children.

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    1. It's true, though! You can't deny the fact that raising children is one of the most difficult responsibilities one could ever have. It therefore should be met with the proportional amount of effort. Unfortunately, we, as a whole, haven't fully come to terms with that and are still struggling with some remaining primitive instincts and tendencies.

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  4. Let lessons be learnt, humanity can NEVER be too stupid

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  5. Because society likes to brainwash people into thinking they are worthless unless they are willing to pass down their genes. Repeatedly. Because more mouths to feed means more money for big business. They should make Parenting classes mandatory. Granted, people should also have to have a license to raise kids, but the ultra-conservative crowd would throw a hissy fit. At least I admit that I won't have kids because I would be the worst father ever...

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    1. Religion has a lot to do with influencing people when it comes to having many children, even more than big business, I'd say. Considering my people were under the stranglehold of the Catholic Church for large chunks of their existence, I can attest to that.

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    2. Wow, I never really thought I would quickly be acquainted with another person who also believes that people should also have to have a license to raise kids. But yeah, you and Slow are nearly spot-on.

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    3. Some kids in the other government class suggested it for a mock Congress session, and I thought, "Wow! That's actually a good idea!" And if I had thought of religion, I would have mentioned that as another major player. Together, both will have those who can't support them making babies for the foreseeable future unless things change. Those who have the capability to stand raising kids should go for it. Those who don't should probably save money and a whole lot of stress...

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    4. I am quite the opposite, I mean a society that on part does not breed begins to loose population of course, I think that the values of keeping a nuclear family and children being raised well is a crucial part of keeping on generations
      not to say you're worthless if you don't pass them down of course, countless ammounts of great men never had children, I just wouldn't say im in the part that children are bad
      Also the people who are againsty needing a liscense or test to have Children aren't conservative in the least, at least an ultra-conservative would support only selective peoples breeding for the quest in a master race (see hitler)

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    5. I'm not in the thought that children are bad, either, mind you, but unless we take charge in preventing poor parenting/life choices, we'll only have more suffering children and less food supply. Unless we discover an infinite energy source or advance much more quickly in terms of technology, famine will only rise.

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    6. The best options would be abortions and contraception in not western nations (which are starkly under replacement rate) but in Africa,Asia and South America where poverty and birth rates are both the highest amongst the world

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    7. True, but meant moreso first-world countries. We need to help third-world countries, too, but in a different area and way.

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    8. The sad truth is that we have to fix the first world problems before people will be willing to help with the third world. I'm not against families. Unless humans come up with a way to stop aging like how we made a real-life lightsaber, we kind of need new generations. Just don't make people feel worthless just because they don't want kids, and don't make those types of people have them if they can't raise them...

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    9. The best way to kill birth rates is progress. As a society gets more advanced in education and science, birth rates fall off tremendously. Of course, death rates fall too, but birth rates fall faster, leveling off the population. Social factors like religion also have an effect, in that less religious countries have lower birth rates, but subscription to religion falls with growth of education and technology, so the link between religion and birth rates is less clear.

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    10. I would say that religion and birth rates have a clear and distinct connection
      consider this
      Muslim countries have exploding (pun not intended) birth rates, and Muslims in Secular nations do too, of course many years ago, hell even just a century before, nations such as Russia, Japan, and France had similar ammounts of fertility
      Also I wouldn't say that less people are religious necesarily due to education or technology, see the Reniassance taking place mostly in the Christian Europe, or the Golden Age of Islam, or even The mass ammounts of prosperity and growth in 19th century America
      All I say is that it would be good for family values to be induced for a next generation to exist, I mean in South Korea and Singapore the native populations there aren't expected to exist in 200-300 years, with Germans, Japanese and Russians following behind

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  6. I was on a plane recently and this one kid would not stop crying! Whenever that happens I just wanna go shut that thing up or don't bring it for the love of god. It's not like a 1 year-old will remember a trip to Disneyland or anything anyways.

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