Monday, February 23, 2009

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start your families.”

My mother sent me this column about the curent birthrate in America and its implications on family and culture. It is good. The article also refers to a book called "Start Your Family," which I haven't read.
Children give us a chance to see the world through fresh eyes. We rediscover the delight of a winter snowfall, spring blossoms, the wonder of a bulldozer and a ballerina.
But children also bring us happiness in a way our culture no longer understands. The ancient concept of happiness, which Aristotle termed eudaimonia, meant “an activity of the soul expressing virtue.” Having children is an opportunity for us to learn selflessness, to serve others, and sometimes to see our sinfulness on display in a way that makes us want to change.

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