40 year old techbro Isaac Schlueter went on a middle of the night 30-tweet rant about how those of who avoid crotchfruit are truly privileged and should bow to poor poor parents. His kid is going to hate him.
Highlights: Not having children is a form of privilege, and it's one we don't talk about nearly enough.
Yes, raising a kid is, on balance, wonderful and rewarding. I wouldn't give it up for the world. But also, parents bear huge costs, and the ongoing survival of civilization as we know it literally depends on them continuing to do that grueling job.
parents bear a burden that is largely invisible to non-parents, who have the luxury of being oblivious to the lack of that burden.
"What, so, because I don't have kids I have to work harder while they get a pass for missing meetings? How is that fair?"
Because in 50 years, when you need people to tend to you, and food to eat, and a functioning society to support you, these are the people making that happen.
I'm not complaining about being a parent. The fact that I get to witness this little person becoming who they are, bit by bit and day by day, its like the most trite cliche thing you can say, but it really is amazing. Words can't do it justice.
But amazing as it is, it's not EASY, and the not-easy-ness of it is literally unlike anything else. Parenting is the pinnacle of human experience, in so many ways.