Costs of Having Children - Ayn Rand


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I agree with Ayn Rand 100%. I was 30 when our daughter was born, not a youngster. (My wife was 24.) I took on the task of being a parent as a challenge, seldom done well (as I could tell by looking around), to which I applied my best skills. Much of my theoretical framework came from books recommended by Ayn Rand such as How to Raise a Brighter Child by Joan Beck. We also enrolled our daughter in two different Montessori schools, the Montesorri Method also being recommended by Rand.

PLAYBOY : In your opinion, is a woman immoral who chooses to devote herself to home and family instead of a career? RAND: Not immoral—I would say she is impractical, because a home cannot be a full-time occupation, except when her children are young. However, if she wants a family and wants to make that her career, at least for a while, it would be proper—if she approaches it as a career, that is, if she studies the subject, if she defines the rules and principles by which she wants to bring up her children, if she approaches her task in an intellectual manner. It is a very responsible task and a very important one, but only when treated as a science, not as a mere emotional indulgence.

Sorry, Jerry, but once again, you show that you do not know enough about Ayn Rand's ideas to criticize them meaningfully. It is true that every child you do not have is worth $1 million at retirement - or was when times were good. Having children should always be a rational choice.

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You hear that? Don't nobody raise kids.

How did you get that from the video? The two points she actually made:

1. That young people are generally not responsible or prepared enough to raise children.

2. That virtually nobody can raise 12 children and do a good job of it.

are perfectly sensible and uncontroversial.

Pointless thread is pointless.

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You hear that? Don't nobody raise kids.

This is a very serious moment. First person who larfs is a rotten egg.

Larf is simply a playful way of spelling laugh. It's good to say that you "larfed" instead of laughed, because, well, laughed is plain and ordinary and is used for every day situations, while larf is the result of something more unexpected and spontaneous. This is the crux of larf's meaning. It is used mostly from unexpected and spontaneous moments.
We sat by the cozy warm glow of the evening fire, me and my other. It was so serene and pure. Suddenly, she sneezed and farted at the same time. We larfed together in cackling harmony.
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