“I can’t see any reason why people would want to usher a demanding, dependent, irrational new person into their already full, meaningful lives.”
This is what a friend of mine wrote to me during one of our endless discussions about this and that. If she is to have a child, she says, she will have to either wait for the life she wants, or watch bits of it “washed out of the window”.
Although I don’t have any rational answer to this enquiry, I do feel there is an answer somewhere — perhaps different for every individual. And that, on finding that answer, the person will hopefully be able to free their spirit of ancient social stereotypes of procreation and heritage and old-age-support.