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Planeta wolna od dzieci
A Planet free of children?

Between the desire for extinction and hope for immortality

Author(s): Monika Bakke
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Demography and human biology, Human Ecology, Gerontology, Radical sociology
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: extinction;childfree articulators;parenting;childlessness

Summary/Abstract: In response to growth in the human population, resulting in devastation to the planet and a rising catastrophic sentiment in the West, two radically different narratives about the end of the human species have emerged. One opts for voluntary extinction as a form of ecologically motivated altruism; the second is techno-euthanasia, which hypothesizes a quantum leap forward to a post-human era and the hope of radical life extension. However, between the desire for extinction and hope for immortality, a slowly but steadily growing number of people are choosing a third way: remaining childfree for the sake of their own lifestyle preferences. A such conceived renouncement of parenting should not be confused with childlessness and its associated lack, but should be seen rather as a sign of the times, an individual choice to enjoy the pleasures in life, which are treated as a value in themselves, without the need for the biological extension of life itself.

  • Issue Year: XXX/2014
  • Issue No: 06
  • Page Range: 4-11
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish