Saturday, February 26, 2011

Childfree

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Deficient in maternal instincts, unwilling to conform to socially defined obligations, disinclined to subject a child to life’s suffering, selfishly protective of my freedom and personal space and incapable of being a responsible and patient parent, I had elected not to have children of my own. I stay away from children, and children stay away from me.

But karmic forces must have been at work for I was tasked to develop instructional materials intended for use by preschool and nursery teachers. My reaction was: Oh no, oh no, on no. I don’t know anything about children! How can I possibly write a book for kids’ instruction? I’ve already forgotten most of what had been taught in my Child Psychology course, and now I have to put tremendous effort into understanding how a child’s mind works. It would have been easier if I were a mother, but I guess this is just life’s way of poking fun at me.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

certain animals eat their young to ensure the survival their specie. humans were created to have dominion over livings things. and you think that is not cool. :)

Amelia said...

you really don't want to have one Angeli?

Angeli said...

@anonymous:

"If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? Would not a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence, or at any rate not take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood?"
— Arthur Schopenhauer (Studies In Pessimism: The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer)

@Amelia: I don't plan to have any. ever.

:)

Vitchie said...

people who "consciously" choose and make life-decisions with full awareness are helping the human race evolve, while people who produce without thinking are contributing to world suffering. kasaklap naman nating magsalitah, ha ha..

I was just recently re-affirming my choice to be child-free. HAppy Women's Day my friend!

Angeli said...

Happy women's day, too, Vitchie! Cheers! :D

 
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