the rationality of conception

Is it rational to have a child?

Sure, this world is full of pain and short on resources.

But no better motivation exists,

when evil persists,

than that which posterity provides.


Perhaps we’re just traipsing planks, destination empty and cold.

But walking the plank’s a stroll, so long as there’s sun.

For despite the inevitable darkness,

the warmth of the day still feels oh so good.


Tiny hands in hand,

we bring them out onto the plank,

hoping they’ll hold ours too,

as we shuffle toward the unknown plunge.


So if the stroll is worth the fall,

and you accept the duty of swabbing the deck,

then yarr,

it’s rational to have a child.