Monday, August 4, 2008

Why have kids?

If life is suffering, what do Buddhists think about having kids?

My comment:
If Aids are caused by sexual contacts, what do you think about having sex?

Not having kids is not going to solve OUR problems. Not having kids doesn't mean that we can stop beings from being born somewere else. This is not a solution to solve the problems of life. Furthermore there is no way that we can prevent life from being born.

The Buddha reminded us that life is subject to sickness, old age, and death. This natural process is not going to give us everlasting happiness, if ever we can be so fortunate to enjoy our lives throughout. His message was to encourage us to cultivate our lives to such heights that we need not have to be born again. The crux of our mission is to work towards this final liberation so that WE need not be born again. We have no power to stop suffering merely by not creating lives.

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