Re: David Tetzlaff's rant /ranting replies

From: Doug vanderHoof (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Feb 08 2006 - 15:07:20 PST

On 2/8/06 4:32 PM, "Sam Wells" <email suppressed> wrote:

> The problem is, everyone who says that is an ex-child.....
>(yes I agree we have population issues etc)

    Couldn't agree with you more that we have population problems.

    Again I don't know how it's a problem for an ex-child to think we're
over-populated and it would be good if people were happy not to have
children. I think we're missing some shared assumption here, which I will
be happy to have made clear.
    I have the feeling you mean some variation on, "What if your parents had
felt the way you do?" If that's it, in the alternate universe where my
parents didn't have me, I promise not to bug you about population or
breeding. That's fair, no?
    Meanwhile, it's reasonable for someone whose parents had one attitude to
have another. Right? And it's reasonable for someone whose parents lived
in a triply-overpopulated world to not want any more children in a
quintuply-overpopulated world, kay?

Disclaimer, or is this a claimer:
    I think children are a great treasure and should get all the best we
have to offer. We should love them, feed them the best from the table,
spend a lot on their education, hope that they make good citizens. Parents
should take their job as serious as a heart attack and be held responsible
everything their children do until the children are emancipated. I'm just
in favor of making people happy not to have children.
    I'm adding this because when I was working with Stacy Simpson in Seattle
on an ArtSpot about population reduction, we eventually got to calling it
the Baby Killing spot. Calumny.


Doug vanderHoof
Modern Media
Bucktown, Chicago

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