A few months ago, Atrios posted a telling anecdote (I can’t find the entry, but it was here somewhere). He and his wife decided not to have children, and have long been told that they’re missing out on life as well as the important lessons about empathy that come with childrearing. Yet, Atrios noted that he saw many parents supporting the Trump administration’s policy of locking children in cages.
I’m sure he wasn’t saying that there are no lessons that can be learned by having kids, but rather that its role in deciding one’s morality is perhaps overstated. It’s a good point, and one that I’ve been thinking about since he wrote about it.