posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 06:41 AM
While i consider the right to pass on and maintain the line of our individual genetic heritage IS a fundamental Human right, i have given a lot of
thought to the OP's premise over the years.
The right to have children is a basic Human right...however, there is more to it than that.
The way things are in society, where we are seeing essentially children having children, or the totally inept passing along their ineptitude to their
unfortunate offspring needs to be tackled and addressed, by legislation if need be.
I'm not talking about denying the right to carry on your genetic line, but a huge shift in our attitudes to our children and their upbringing needs
to happen imo.
In recent decades the emphasis has shifted from care of and aspirations for our children, to economic aspirations and higher comfort and luxury levels
As a society we are increasingly driven by what we can achieve in our careers, driven to earn a higher salary or wage, and by virtue of those, possess
larger properties, with a higher standard of furnishings and gadgets, and newer vehicles, international travel and richer social activities.
We are not children focused as we once were, and imo, should be again.
Personally, i'd really rather live in a basic property, take vastly lower income and focus all leisure activities around our children and generally
BE with our kids more than not be with them.
There isn't a more valuable investment of time and energy we as human beings can possibly make, than that invested into our children and their
upbringing, no career, no job, no amount of money in the bank...nothing comes remotely close. But for many parents, they don't or won't appreciate
the reality of that position, and will often claim they are doing both....they're not. They might try to convince themselves they are, but really
they are not.
Schools have a huge role to play too. We should train our children, while they are at school how to be good parents. It's not necassarily about a
parent being blessed with a high IQ, as anyone who has a good heart and willingness to be the kind of parent their children deserve can be trained how
I would suggest that from the ages of 12 upwards, parenting classes (not talking about sex education btw) should be part of the regular national
curriculum and taught to both boys and girls.
Parents should be more valued by society than they currently are. A BAD parent will almost always create offspring that when looked at on national
levels, become a huge burden on society in many ways.
Financially, money wasted on social services, to constantly visit bad parents and check they have 'remembered to feed or change their babies' (yeah,
but it does happen), money wasted on the effects of a lot of these kids indulging in vandalism and mindless destruction of infrastructure and private
property, money and resources wasted on policing these kids and the criminal justice 'merry-go-round' that we see time and again being applied to
Arrested - booked - court - prison/community service - probation - arrest - booked - court - prison/community service, around and around they go.
The cost in community quality of life is not insignificant, with many people hesitant or simply too afraid to run the gauntlet of hoards of so-called
'latch-key-kids', whose parents are physically not there when they return home from school, because they are too busy with their careers or jobs to
actually carry about their more important job of being a good parent.
Effective parenting education for children while at school, emphasising key roles and responsibilities and insights of parenting, encouraging the
restructuring of general social attitudes to parents and good parenting practices and recognising the enormous and often overlooked benefit to society
that are the obvious knock on effects of raising stable, respectful and good kids, is what will stop the rot.
If these issues are not addressed and soon, the rot will continue and society, like many communities have aready, will continue the inevitable and
steady decline into entropy and disorder.
For those parents whom for whatever reason, cannot or will not or are ambivalent to the emotional and parenting needs of their children, while should
not lose the right to procreate, but ultimately should lose the right to negatively impact the lives of those children, and demonstrating the
consistent failing to take proper care of their children means they should lose the right to be a parent.
The child in those circumstances should be removed from them and placed with parents who will do as they should have done themselves which is to love
and care for the kids, and endevour to live life FOR the children, not in spite of them.
Just my opinion.