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Don’t Save the Children

You’ve seen the commercials. There are starving children in Africa and they want us to feed them. Put down your white guilt for a moment and look at this objectively.

They want me to save these children? Whose children are they? What country is this? What kind of nation lets children become sick and malnourished while the dictators live in palaces and shoot their opposition? You want me to send money there and pray that some of these children get a few drops of water out of my donation?

No thank you.

And if I do send you a coffee’s worth of change every day? What if I save one child? What are the chances that this child will grow up to have a worthwhile life. Pretty slim. Odds are this child will grow up and get pregnant at an early age and have yet another sick and starving child. Brilliant.

But that won’t happen, because the executives who run these charitable organizations need to get paid first. And then they need money to film more commercials. Don’t forget the bribes to pay to the militants who run these nations. What’s left? A few pennies out of every dollar to keep a child alive for another day of suffering.

Yes, I am incredibly heartless. I understand that. But what is the point of keeping sick, starving people alive in a nation that will not take care of them and where they have absolutely zero chance of a fulfilling life. The sooner all of these people learn not to have children they cannot feed the better off they will be. I, for one, am not going to waste my money to keep the treadmill of misery going on and on and on and on.

P.S. When I was young there were starving children in China as well. And now there are not. What changed? The government brought in free enterprise and capitalism and now China is becoming a superpower. That is the only answer, and that is the direction Africa must take. 29 cents a day from a guilt-striken liberal in North America won’t do shit.

The Cult of Parenthood

I’ve just read the greatest paragraph about parenthood I’ve ever had the pleasure to laugh out loud to, so I thought I’d share. This is from Tim Kreider’s mostly excellent book We Learn Nothing.

9k=“Most of my married friends now have children, the rewards of which appear to be exclusively intangible and, like the mysteries of some gnostic sect, incommunicable to outsiders. It’s as if these people have joined a cult: they claim to be happier and more fulfilled than ever before, even though they live in conditions of appalling filth and degradation, deprived of the most basic freedoms and dignity, and owe unquestioning obedience to a pampered sociopathic monster whose every whim is law… They’re frantic and haggard and constantly exhausted, getting through the days on a sleep deficit of three years, complaining about how busy and circumscribed their lives are, as though they hadn’t freely chosen it all.”

I suppose this is only funny to someone who has willingly joined this cult… I used to tell my friends that having a child is like taking on a second full-time job where you are on call 24 hours a day, and your boss is a screaming whiny bastard who will ask you to do ridiculous things for him like wiping his ass and letting him puke on your new shirt. Good luck with that!