I happened to catch a part of Last Comic Standing while Joe Machi was on. He offers a perspective that I have offered many times, but you just don’t hear enough. Start watching at 1:28 into the video.
My married couple friends said, “Joe, we don’t want to bring a child into the world, the way the world is now.” And I’m like, “What do you mean, the way the world is now? The best it’s ever been in history? Two hundred years ago, people were having 15 kids. Most of them would die. Most of your life was having kids, then watching them die. Then you would die…of something they prevent now by washing your hands.”
When people ask, “How are you doing?” I often reply, “Much better than my hunter-gatherer ancestors.”