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Weekly Technetic #27: For The Children
Children are our future.
They are the next generation, yet they also represent our past. We were all children once, with that same innocence and youthful vigor. The "real" world may have taken those, may have even left us cursing our own existence, but most of us can still remember the happy times of our early years, when we didn't have to worry about anything.
A child, then, is the most perfect expression of humanity in its purest form. Unbounded imagination, a desire and need to learn, openness to new ideas...children are technetic whether they realize it or not. They only have that quality taken away from them by a hostile society.
More than anything, this is why child-rearing is, and should always be, a private, personal matter. It's the parents' job to raise their children. Yes, they can ask for help. Indeed, they should find no end of potential candidates: the child's older siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and neighbors. Any of these is a better teacher for a growing child than the choices too many make today, the schools and daycare centers that are impersonal at best, actively harmful at worst.
As I write this the week after a major Supreme Court decision regarding abortion, I must include some commentary about that. Thus, let us look at the journey through parenthood and first focus on its genesis.
The technetic purview of life begins at birth—anything before that tends to be bogged down by religious dogma, and the unborn have no capacity for technetic ideals anyway. However, that doesn't mean we can't examine the process of abortion in a technetic context. And in that context, we find that it must always be considered no more than a last resort, an emergency procedure to be used in the rare case of a mother who would suffer irreparable harm or death if she had to continue her pregnancy. For everyone else, abortion is an anti-human choice, in that it subtracts from future generations, rather than adding to them. It destroys, but never creates. That it destroys the possibility of seeing one of humanity's most beautiful creations is merely an additional strike against it.
Technetics must use their intelligence and rationality before engaging in an act that is so natural and instinctive that it tends to short-circuit our higher reasoning. In addition, we should favor long-term relationships over casual hookups, because sex, no matter how pleasurable and exciting it might be, has as its primary purpose reproduction. Remembering this will let us become better parents, as we will be prepared for the eventuality.
After a child is born, that's when the true value of the family becomes apparent. Single mothers—and the much rarer single fathers—have a rough time, and it shows. The strength of the family unit comes from many sources; time has shown undeniably that the Western concept of a monogamous, heterosexual marriage supported by the strong bonds of an extended family is an optimal arrangement for the well-being of a child and the creation of a well-adjusted, productive, purposeful adult.
Not everyone is that fortunate, of course. As technetism asks us to defend our own in every circle, but our family first, the solution is obvious. Any technetics who have done their duty to humanity by having children, and have both the means and support network to do so, should also be willing to adopt or foster children.
Childless couples are an aberration caused by society. Likewise, divorce is a social disorder more often than it is any legitimate disagreement between partners. And the reasons for both being so prevalent today are the same: anti-human forces who oppose the natural family unit and teach us to choose the casual over the meaningful. Pure hedonism is hollow. Just as a diet of only sweets can't keep us alive for very long, so it is for a diet of one-night stands and affairs.
Building a stronger family also reaps benefits throughout childhood. Larger families allow the opportunity for older siblings to help raise younger children, providing valuable experience for their own lives while obviating the need for outside assistance; for the next generation, in turn, this creates an even larger extended family to act as a support network. Even more importantly, the strong bonds between parents and children defend against outside influence such as the decidedly anti-human—and blatantly anti-parent—public school system.
Strong families make for stronger people. Families following the technetic ideals, loving and supporting each other because they know it's the right thing to do, will only create a trend that endures for generations. Those of us, like myself, who have little chance of contributing to humanity in this manner must instead spread the word to others, and that, not the Dobbs ruling, is the impetus for this week's post.