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What Does It Mean, To Be a Parent?

The world seems full of trouble, and uncertainty.  In these times, what should parents see as their priorities?

Is the current world situation worse than the historical norm?

Is this a bad time (is there ever a good time?) to have a child?

Are we doing the right thing?

I believe that there is no greater way to express confidence in the future than by having a child.  But, I am not all that confident in the future – at least in the U.S.

I believe life is good, almost always, more so if you manage to ignore the “news” and the manufactured idiocy that comprises, say, American politics.  How happy would you be if there was no funnel of bad news heading towards your brain 24/7?  How much of that stuff actually affects your life in any case?

We don’t really watch TV, but we are always obsessively reading news on-line.  Grace is very involved in trying to make the world a better place, which is admirable, but which leads us to focus on many things which do not really impact us directly.  My plan going forward is to ignore negativity and most of what passes for news, and concentrate on my work and my family, as these are the things that matter most.  So if I am off the grid, do not think my head is in the sand – it is where it should be.

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