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All Children are Bastards

20 Nov

Will, in reply to a comment I left on this post, wrote:

The more highly educated and professional, the less and less marriages and therefore birthrate; in other words, the birthrate of the West will continue to drop… And insofar as we see these trends happening not only in ‘the world’ but also in the Church (because we see women in our own church circles delaying marrying and having kids in favour of education and career; I certainly do in my church circles, alas), it will not be well for us, either… IOW, things are going to get worse, overall.

Perhaps I think of things to simply, but here’s how I simplify our current predicament. Liberals* cannot admit that their “think of the children” policies subsidize and thus encourage dysfunction, for example single motherhood. So rather than stop the subsidies, they fall back on the education shibboleth. Ergo, the prescription becomes “convince junior high and high school kids that children will destroy their future.” The only group that internalizes the message are the smart kids with a future time orientation, the kids who were unlikely to pump out bastards to begin with. The subsidies continue for the proles; the smart kids stay focused on the future. The smart kids get to college and no one bothers to tell them that kids won’t destroy their lives. They focus on their careers. The proles continue to breed.

The argument takes many forms. “I’m waiting on marriage and kids because I want to establish myself/establish my career/travel/etc.”

No one has ever been able to explain to me why post-Boomer generations cannot accomplish anything after becoming parents. Anecdotally, though I have less time for frivolity, my kids drive me to achieve more. If nothing else, they’re damn expensive and I need more cash to live because of their presence.

Beyond that, it’s not just the solipsism of liberals and liberalism, it’s that it’s illogical. Kids don’t stop life, they expand it, literally and metaphorically.

But no one ever bothered to tell the smart kids that. No one told them that only bastards are bastards and that children are children. Thus, in the eyes of many intelligent people, all children became bastards, little impediments to life. The real bastards, on the other hand, have no idea that they are bastards or even who the real bastards are.

*For simplicity sake, I am talking about those who support overt and “compassionate” liberalism, regardless of how they vote or live in aggregate.

 
6 Comments

Posted by on November 20, 2011 in culture, government

 

6 responses to “All Children are Bastards

  1. Will S.

    November 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    And as has been noted over at Dalrock’s, many otherwise small-c conservative type parents, tell their daughters they need to succeed at some post-secondary education endeavour and get themselves a career, so they can be independent, should some evil boy leave them in the lurch. Never mind the existence of child support and alimony, and one would think, the same parents being supportive, should their daughter’s marriage fail… Never mind such young women are likely to not restrain themselves from irresponsible behaviour while off at school, because they can…

     
    • Ulysses

      November 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Of course all those things are true. I’ve just been thinking about the infantilization of adults and the aversion to embracing the trappings of previous adult life, Foseti touched on them here. Kids are a good normalizing force. Maybe that’s why they are to be avoided. They are an 80 degree day beating down on snowflake drifts.

       
  2. Svar

    November 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    @ Ulysses

    I have noticed how most liberals don’t really like children that much.

    @ Will S.

    “And as has been noted over at Dalrock’s, many otherwise small-c conservative type parents, tell their daughters they need to succeed at some post-secondary education endeavour and get themselves a career, so they can be independent, should some evil boy leave them in the lurch”

    Yep. I see this all the time. There is a huge Evangelical Protestant presence here(of course, it’s Texas). Damn, do they get on my nerves both IRL and online. They always whine about how evil the Roman Catholic Church is, about ekwalitee, “rights”, and how men should be properly gelded AND alpha simultaneously. I remember getting pissed off at a few of them online when they were bitching about how horrible Franco Francisco was and how the Catholic Church should apologize to Spain for supporting him-lol wut?

    That got a little off-topic, but oh well.

    “Never mind such young women are likely to not restrain themselves from irresponsible behaviour while off at school, because they can…”

    Exactly. They go off to school, have a 5-7 year values hiatus, and then expect to be considered chaste.

    Unfortunately, as a man, I can’t find a single way to rationalize the Faith with banging hawt college sluuts.

     
    • Ulysses

      November 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Svar – I don’t think it’s just liberals and I don’t think the sentiment is hatred. It’s fear.

       
  3. Will S.

    November 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    @ Ulysses: It goes together, of course: Daughters go off to college INSTEAD of getting married and starting families… And while at school, they become less marriageable…

    @ Svar: “They go off to school, have a 5-7 year values hiatus, and then expect to be considered chaste.”

    And their parents won’t judge them, as they should…

     

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