Having children is the ultimate act of optimism
All forms of human inequality and cruelty are emergent properties of the systems we create. Parents view children as wealth. Social groups view themselves in competition. Nations fight to preserve industry, borders, and populations. And people work to acquire privileged positions with regard to information, wealth, and influence.
The biggest existential threat to civilization, not to humanity per se, is actually technology
The problem with artificial, motherless children is not that they can’t be made to love the corporation or the state, but that they are expensive and create liability
I believe the subrosa theme of The Martian is a challenge in the form of a wake-up slap to us all. Simply put, if one man can engineer his survival on an inhospitable wasteland, why can’t we engineer our survival on our home planet of such abundance?
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