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The Case For Parenthood

a lot of these ideas will be coming from the rather unfortunately titled “Babies: Cuddly Idiots or Evil Villains” ( or something like that) and “Disney Orphans” by the Cracked podcast.

A. orphans
1. the cultural fascination with orphans (Oliver Twist, Superman, Batman, Harry Potter, Dexter, etc)
2. the actual likelihood of an orphan succeeding in the world (probably small percentage compared to people with parents)

B. statistically speaking, the most crucial factor of economic success is the success of a person’s parents
   1. why is it considered a bad thing to acknowledge that you got ahead using the tools your parents worked to equip you with? (money, connections, business inheritance)
      2. the negative connotations of being a “legacy” of one’s parents in popular culture
      3. how more people used to be (and still should be) proud to carry the name of a good family (not necessarily wealthy but who are known for being pillars of their community)
      4. how identifying with one’s family helps a person understand the context of their life and find a purpose (versus rejection of the family’s identity)
      5. acknowledgment of the role of parents in shaping a person’s destiny will help people understand the importance of parenthood (legacy is not a zero-sum game per se – people using the power given to them by their families do not necessarily have to put others at a disadvantage)
  6. the legacy that one’s parents leave can be used unfairly (as depicted in pop culture, reflected in nepotism in organizations, and corrupt political dynasties, etc) or positively (using resources to develop personal talents, using connections and resources to help others)

C. Does parenthood really suck?
     1. the negative stereotypes of people who devote themselves to parenting
     2. the polar opposites of “helicopter parenting” and neglect as parenting attitudes (both bad for children)
     3. the 18-34 ( mostly childless) age bracket being considered as the “tastemakers” of society (they dictate the movies, gadgets, music, books, etc that become successful)
     4. the political implications of more people not wanting to be parents (parents tend to be more conservative)

D. the abandonment of children
     1. the desire for fame among the younger generation as a possible symptom of lack of unconditional love and attention from parents
     2. parents who do not know how to parent because they have no good examples to emulate
    3. people who underestimate the sacrifices necessary to be good parents
    4. more and more intelligent people choose not to become parents
       a. the biological component of intelligence (this will be tricky)
       b. the enormous ingenuity and resourcefulness required to not fuck up your kids (good intentions are not enough)

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