The other day I was sitting at my desk when a coworker came up and saw some of the pictures of my children that I have hanging up around my office. From there, we got into a discussion about children, and how many people are having, and I was reminded of something that I’ve learned and something that I’ve read.
What I’ve Learned
There is really a cultural disconnect between living in the United States and living in other Western Countries when it comes to having children.
In the states, we’re still at or above replacement levels, and we still look at children as at least an accessory and at most a blessing and a gift. In foreign countries, children are looked at as a burden to the environment.
A missionary to Kiev, Ukraine, was in my house a little while back and he said that the fact that he has three children is a problem for a lot of people there. They castigate him, asking him what gave him the right to have so many kids, and told him that he should be thinking about overpopulation.
Right now, they should be worried about going out of existence!
What I’ve Read
And Mrs. Toni Vernelli (pictured above) even underscores this point even further.
Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers – and a voice calling her Mummy.
But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.
Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet. (Daily Mail)
So, she didn’t just go for an abortion and kill the child, but she made sure that she was sterilized to prevent getting pregnant in the future. As you can imagine, the husband’s delighted– and I don’t think it’s just for the stated reason that it’s her passion and basically her religion. After all, he was only her boyfriend when she had this done.
And so we’ve come full circle. Children and not just disposable or accessories, but in some cases they are predators– they are responsible for destroying our world. When in reality they are the ones that will carry on when we are not here, the ones that will find the new vaccines, the more efficient and new energy sources, and the ones that will love and care for us when we get old.