I recently came across some interesting articles that stress just how burdensome large families are on the environment. This article didn’t just state how large families consume more than small families–No, it states, “THE MOST serious evil of our times is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large families. The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children.” The article addresses possible counter arguments about prostitution, war, child labor, etc. as being the worst evils in our world, but overrules those as being related to having too many children. For example, it reads that prostitution happens because mothers have too many kids that they can’t provide for, so their daughters are forced to bring in money by selling their bodies. The article also states (without any real explanation) that the planet’s overpopulation is the basic cause of war. It goes on to say that the parents of more than two children will never be able to support the needs and desires of their kids, and will therefore create helpless human beings who will be drains on society. From here it goes on to say that large families are essentially just waste factories; that all we do is drain the planet and society of its resources. Basically this article ranted about how large families are what will cause this planet to finally give up.
I can’t tell you how offended I was after reading this article. First of all, my parents had five kids and neither me nor my sister have had to turn to prostitution to help support our family financially. Secondly, my parents have raised us to be competent, respectful, productive members of society. They’ve taught us the value of hard work and the resulting value of a dollar. They’ve taken care of everything, while teaching us how to take care of ourselves. And finally, I’d like to point out that we recycle so much, it’s not even funny. Seriously, we recycle everything. In fact, we easily put out two bins of recycling a week, and less than half of a trash can of garbage each weeks. In contrast, the neighbors (who are a household of four) put out three to four full trash cans a week. So you really can’t just simply categorize large families as being the only (or main) contributors to the destruction of society and Planet Earth. In fact, because large families often have to further divide up resources (such as income), it’s in our nature to be conservative with resources and we automatically use less than someone who feels as if they can “afford” to throw stuff away.
A mother of 11 shares her take on similar accusations against large families at this link.