A 43-year old acquaintance of mine has admitted that she dares not bear a child. Having seen too many spoilt personalities, she is afraid of failing to breed a decent character. How can we doubt our very basic gift of species preservation?
People used to think less and to settle problems in a bolder and simpler way. Nowadays we tend to contemplate so much that we are eaten up by logic. We are following detailed instruction sheets in most aspects of life. An array of permits is needed to indulge into any professional activity. However, the trust in these quality control mechanisms enables our species to cooperate to this large extent.
The more developed we are, the more we reflect. Consequently we become undecided and we show an increasing timidity in taking action. When looking into these issues closely, we can realise how much courage and self-confidence it actually needs to undertake to teach, to judge or to write a book.
We have already receided from our inherent nature. Each process related to allocation, manufacturing and moral codes has been revised along rational considerations. How could parents be left alone with their instincts concerning child rearing?
Modern parents are expected to take their stand on logic and to make the child form good principles, not from fear, nor from desire for distinction or reward, but consciously. Apart from some contradictory books and family guidance, potential parents are in a shortage of precise instructions. The personal responsability of this free hand received on such an important area can deter the too conscientious ones.
How come that parenting is subject mainly to healthy organs? How come that all kinds of vocational training are available while no professional courses are organised for child-bearing?
Source: At home by Chekhov