Procreation

Now that we've established a spiritual rationale for bonding between men and women, let's get back to basics. Opposites attract. When two people balance each other's personalities, they are generally predisposed to have sex. Unless intelligently controlled, a common consequence of sex is more people.

Much has been made of the central role of women in this process. On the one hand, we honor a mother's vulnerability and celebrate her role. On the other hand, we shackle her with responsibility for successfully guiding children through every step and misstep on the road to independence. In light of our discussion of masculine and feminine personalities, this is patently unreasonable. It is self-indulgence by men who want to join on their terms, or not at all.

Worse, the pattern of masculine science has infected the process of raising a child. It casts parenting as a sequence of causally linked decisions. Doctors provide normative skills for infants at various ages. Our schools also impose such standards. Failure of attainment is characterized as a serious indicator for failure in our majority. Additionally, the news media bombard us with stories of child abuse and neglect. No such incident can occur without some antecedent supervisory failure by the child's caregivers.

The psychological response to this barrage has been the development of paranoid strategies for risk avoidance. Well-to-do families remove their children from public school, and are more and more frequently removing the skills of their educated, home-schooling mothers from the community. Parents shepherd their children from school to activity, guiding them away from independent exploration of their environment, which might expose them to predation. Our children's lives become standardized, commoditized, and unresponsive to their individual needs.

The only way to correct these pathologies is to reaffirm the purpose of procreation.