Editor of a Web site for seniors Carol Marak says she “made a very conscious decision” to remain single and childless. One might question how conscious that decision could have been if this is accurate:
But today, Marak and her single, childless contemporaries are facing a repercussion of their decision that never crossed their minds as 30-somethings: “How in the world will we take care of ourselves?” she asks.
Having a spouse and children to take care of you is an obvious consideration and ought to be top-of-mind when making these sorts of major life decisions. If that isn’t the case, our culture must be doing something to suppress this thought and make it seem less consequential.
In that context, it’s astonishing that Anna Medaris Miller’s article never raises one very probable response to Marak’s question: Aging Baby Boomers will vote themselves massive amounts of government assistance, to be financed by subsequent generations without the help of the children those Boomers never had.
Apart from the direct costs of using government to replace families, if we’re not careful we’ll edge toward a generation that is dependent upon government for its senior-years support and vulnerable to a growing push to give government control of health care and to allow assisted suicide. (On the bright side, doctors won’t have to rely on family members to hold down people they’re killing if the
victims patients don’t have families.)
Miller’s article certainly points to a problem that we need to address, as a society, but we should do so culturally, not through government.