So, objectivism and many other philosophies, condemn suicide, for example, but it is still a choice that can be made. But at least in objectivism, suicide is a bad thing. But there are other things, like the choice to have children, that can be somewhat dangerous and objectivism accepts it.
Now, I know this it's ridiculously unlikely but it can happen. Now, let us imagine a happy, worldwide, objectivist community (it could be other types of community, not necessarily this one). And, as an exercise of ones freedom it turns out that everyone on earth has decided that they won't be having any children. It could be all of the sudden or a long process. But the point is that children are no more to be found. Now nobody, not even the state, could do anything about it. And, as it goes, mankind will soon become extinct.
How is it possible that a choice that could end human life on earth be moral? And as Ayn Rand believed, it doesn't matter that much, concerning yourself, what happens after your death. So, there it is, the last human on earth, maybe regretting, maybe not, but knowing that in the end in the objectivism philosophy, he didn't do anything wrong.
This is a question about the purpose of morality, and it seems to suggest that the purpose is to assure the perpetuation of the human species. But if no one wants children, how would such a moral code change anything, assuming (perhaps wrongly) that such a code would not be backed by physical force? I wonder if the questioner believes that humans should be forced to have children. If no one wants children, how would physical force accomplish anything except to turn the human population into slaves, and how would it be even remotely good for the children, having to endure parents who never wanted them? What kind of world is this question implicitly hypothesizing?
Even if the human population ever did shrink to just a handful who want children, why couldn't they proceed to have them, assuming they act while still of child-bearing age and/or assuming the necessary biological factors are present (either for natural childbirth or artifical insemination or test tube incubation of suitable biologically active ingredients)?
Actually, it is the morality of altruism (self-sacrifice as a moral ideal) that is self-annihilating if followed fully consistently, not the philosophy of Objectivism.
answered Dec 03 '12 at 03:22
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