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The Ethics behind Choosing a Childs Gender



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It is now the new millennium. We will soon find it is a first for many new things which have plagued our imaginations for centuries. Childcare knowledge seems to have risen, yet there are many parents out there who are still clueless. Children are in a sense "trained" to become themselves. All too often we hear people blame the mother or father for a child's misbehavior. With all feelings aside couldn't this be true? There is no baby manual which is foolproof for every child is unique. Now, we have the option of choosing a child's gender... Before consideration, one must realize the cons of such a decision. The pros are quite obvious, freedom of choice. But how far can we allow this freedom to venture? Surely there will be unforeseen consequences of such actions. Let us imagine ourselves fifty years from now. A child, whose parents decided was to be a boy, is born. He has just turned the ripe age of 18 and is considered a man. Perhaps, like us all, he will wonder about existence. Why am I here? What am I meant to do? What is the future of myself and those I love? Then he finds out that his gender was chosen before he was born. Such ponderous thoughts must arise. What if I had been a female? Would my life be better? easier? more profound? Are my parents to blame for my follies? Wondrous thoughts as these could surely put one crooked mind into a psychosis. Remember that these are only points from a worst case scenario. History has repeatedly shown us that the worst case scenario, no matter how horrific it may seem, is still a possibility. Only we can control our own actions. Only we can see the future. Only through us is it possible to redeem the terrors of our past and form a shapeless, golden future. A future where everybody is free to decide, as long as they understand the ups, downs, and all-a-rounds of that decision process. On a final point, who does this freedom of choice belong to? Obviously the individual, but who among us is responsible enough to fully understand both the good and evil of such actions. If the world is unable to foresee this future, then we can only trust ourselves. Think not of what you desire, but of what the world desires of you.

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