So I'm watching the TV show Modern Family and Gloria discovers she's pregnant by Ed Oneils character.
In the TV show, Oneils character is turning 65.
Now the thought that naturally comes to my mind is: when his son is 27 - my age - his dad will be 92 - and if not dead, will probably be old and
So the question is: is it moral to have children at that age?
To be a father means more then simply providing the sperm that contributes to the creation of a human being; it is also a moral responsibility, not
just to the child's immediate youth and his/her early 20's, but to be with them as long as possible. A mere 27 years of living, and having your father
die - leaving the next 55 some odd years (the average lifespan of a man) is quite a thing to deprive your so or daughter of. To knowingly have kids at
such a late age, and condemning your child to such a circumstance, is I think very unfair.
So while I understand that mistakes like this can happen, I think it is categorically immoral and selfish to actually intend to have kids at an age
where you couldn't be present in your child's life beyond 20-30 years at most.
As for a cutoff, what age people should stop having children? I think if an age should be picked, it would be in the 55 area, so I would agree with
Plato here (although his reasoning is because ones 'mental prowess' begins to diminish after this age, so for eugenic reasons, men should stop having
children after 55)
At 55 - and even this is somewhat later, you could insure that you would be present in your son or daughters life at least until middle age.
Anyways, I guess it depends upon values; for me, I love my parents, and I love that my parents are still in their 50's. Watching my own mother - 56,
relate with her mother - 81, and seeing how multiple generations interact and grow - I can see why human beings by nature seek to have children at a
time in life in which they can be present with them for as long as possible.
I would want my son or daughter to have this as well.
edit on 29-9-2012 by dontreally because: (no reason given)