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I don't have children and I don't want any.
Reasons for people to not have children:
Refusing to breed prevents or at least slows population growth. More people means greater stress on our already-stretched biosphere. The fewer of us there are, the less we'll consume and the more the rest of Nature will flourish. Not having children won't prevent others from breeding, of course, but you'd abstain from the selfishness and short-term thinking that plagues Humanity and is turning this beautiful Earth into a dump.
Having fewer children would make sharing resources with less fortunate people easier. If we don't have children, we'll have fewer reasons to suck resources from the rest of the world. Additionally, we could share more of our wealth because we wouldn't greedily horde it for our (nonexistent) biological posterity.
Humanity is marching towards self-destruction. Not having children would reduce future suffering. We're making it easier to extinguish ourselves both accidentally and intentionally. Humans instinctively fear and hate each other and grind each other down for power; thus we gladly fund and stockpile ever more destructive weapons. We rapidly develop technologies that enable unprecedented mass surveillance, social control, and repression because they're cheap and convenient. What's Humanity's chance of surviving another 100 years? What's the chance it'll be freer? Small, indeed. If you don't have children, you won't bring people into the world to experience future horrors and suffering.
Not having your own children lets you focus on others. Why not help existing children become good, responsible people?
Refusing to breed allows you to live a fulfilling life entirely on your terms. Children are lead balls that chain you for 18+ years (depending on how many you have and how independent they are in adulthood, of course). You would exist primarily for them. Want to change careers? Go back to school? Make a fortune? Travel the world? Serve humanity? Then why imprison yourself?
Children are expensive. They're mortgages with bad attitudes. And unlike mortgages, children demand most of your free time. So not only do you have to slave away to pay for them, you also have to spend your precious personal time attending to their needs.
Kids are boring ignoramuses. Sure, they can be cute and adventurous, but try holding a deep, stimulating conversation with one for 20 minutes. You'd spend most of your time explaining basics.
Not having children reduces stress. No sleepless nights spent cajoling noisy children to sleep! No worrying about whether your kids are okay! Less stress over stretched finances! No anxiety about school quality, safety, or college savings! The fewer children you have, the less you have to worry.
You don't have to wonder whether you're being a good parent. Let's face it: Most of us have no clue whether we can raise good children. By not having them, we don't have to worry about it.
Reasons to adopt (if you must have children):
There are lots of children out there who need good, loving parents. Breeding is far more selfish when we consider that millions of children could use a parent's love.
Adopting might be cheaper. If you adopt a slightly older child, you'll skip some expensive years.
Adopting older children lets you skip some difficult years. Of course they could have some mental issues or bad habits…
Adoption is nobler than breeding. It takes a stronger love to care for someone else's child than to raise your own. It also creates a better world, one with people (you at least!) who care for others.
Dating and marrying partners with children of their own shares some of adoption's advantages.
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