Children are the worst investments you will ever make.” Jonathan V. Last’s book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, gives clear, statistical data that shows the above statement to be quite accurate. While this is true, monetarily speaking (and thus the least of all values), this is only true for an individual couple. It is far from the case when it comes to the stability and success of a nation.
What would be wise for the Reformed Conservative to grasp is, as Adam Smith stated in The Wealth of Nations, “the most decisive mark of prosperity of any country is the increase of the number of its inhabitants.” It is no wonder that Last points out that, “The child-free life is championed with vigor and conviction of the early Marxists.”
Our spiritual, material, and intellectual heritage is with our children. It is a great responsibility and indeed humbling when the good of the nation is held within the tiny grasp of a newborn babe.
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