Let me tell you a little story about a guy in São Paulo, Brazil, who lives in my neighborhood and is a true stud, at least if you are talking about the past, when men were used as reproducers. Today, he is an irresponsible procreator. Just imagine, he has 4 kids with one woman and 3 with another one, 3 with another one, and he just made another one pregnant and he doesn’t support any of them.
He keeps going from woman to woman, and they keep getting pissed at him because he is not a good provider. But maybe now he’ll go to jail for not paying alimony and palimony. At least, I convinced one of his ex-wives to report him to the authorities. Now he’s pissed at me and her and keeps threatening us.
I did it because she happens to be my niece. I told her the guy was good-for-nothing before she had 4 children by him, but she didn’t listen to me, now her whole family, meaning myself and other members of her extended family, helps her support her children.
It’s really funny that you need a license to drive a car and to do a lot of other stuff, but any stupid person is allowed to reproduce. I believe anybody should be allowed to have the first two children, but after that, they should prove they have the means not only to support them, but also to give them a good life.
Supporting doesn’t mean just giving them food to survive, just like you do with any animal. In Portuguese, there is a stupid saying, “Onde come um, comem dois, comem três” (Ongdi kongmi oong, kongmi do-iz, kOngmi trays – Where one eat, two and three also eat.). A lot of the poverty in Brazil is caused by irresponsible reproduction.
And I believe the way to control it would be by having those irresponsible men and women sterilized. Those irresponsible begetters are a burden to society as a whole.
People complain about China’s abuse of human rights, but as regards reproduction, I don’t think they are wrong. I live in a country where irresponsible reproduction abounds. People say society should never try to control that because it would be against the most basic human rights.
Well, I agree to a certain extent, in my opinion, two children would be the limit just to appease those advocates of the right to free reproduction, but if it were up to me, I wouldn’t allow many people to reproduce because they make children that become a problem for society since they give them no education, not enough food, and as we live in a capitalistic society, the class differences are huge and so those kids will resort to crime due to envy.
Capitalism encourages envy because it makes the world move forward. The neighbor’s wife is always hotter and if he has a car, you should have one as well. Those children in Brazil who are the product of irresponsible reproduction have the odds against them to begin with so chances are they will become criminals since according to statistics most criminals are the product of a single mother and an absent father. I’m not just in favor of family planning; I’m all for punishing irresponsible reproduction by neutering irresponsible people.
And the Catholic Church doesn’t help at all, quite the opposite. They know the best way to get converts is by brainwashing children. Children are easy to manipulate, so they convince the stupid to procreate like hell, the physical conditions of the children the stupid poor produce doesn’t matter, what matters is their souls.
If children suffer a lot, they have their place guaranteed in heaven. That’s the problem with overemphasizing spirituality; sometimes the result is ignoring the flesh. At least, that’s what History shows us.
I went to a mass with my mother, the priest was Father Marcelo Rossi, a singing priest, the answer of the Catholic Church to the evangelical movement.
Well, he was praising women who had more than six children, calling them “heroines.” Cows, that’s what they are, ignorant cows. I’m not blaming them for being ignorant cows, that’s just what they are due to life’s circumstances, but I blame whoever promotes this way of thinking.
Well, enough of my rant, long live family planning!
José da Silva, this article’s author, lives in São Paulo. He is Brazilian and works as a teacher and translator, as well as a freelance subtitler and editor for several TV channels. Check out his blog on http://brazilinenglish.wordpress.com.