What Matters/Progeny and Legacy

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Progeny and Legacy[edit | edit source]

Children can bring great joy along with great responsibility.

Perhaps the purpose of life is to reproduce.[1] This keeps the species alive and allows subsequent generations to adapt, improve, and evolve. At the end of the 20th century, based upon insight gleaned from the gene-centered view of evolution, biologists George C. Williams, Richard Dawkins, David Haig, among others, conclude that if there is a primary function to life, it is the replication of DNA and the survival of one's genes.[2][3] Life exists to replicate and perpetuate life.

However, raising a child requires significant resources, including: time, social, financial, and environmental resources. Planning can help assure adequate resources are available to provide each child with a good opportunity to flourish.

Marital status and the happiness of your marriage has a significant effect on your overall happiness.[4]

Legacy refers to anything handed down from the past. You may have inherited wealth, land, a family business, family traditions, skills training, or heirlooms from your parents. You may also have inherited debt, abuse, alcoholism, intolerance, bad habits, or any number of other liabilities. Work to pass on a positive legacy and resolve to end the cycle of any negative legacy prevalent in your family.

Assignment:[edit | edit source]

  • Engage in careful family planning at appropriate stages of your life.
  • If you decide to have children, devote adequate attention to their care, protection, and upbringing. Be responsible parents.
  • Identify the legacy you have inherited. Evaluate each element of that legacy as beneficial, neutral, or a liability.
  • Plan the legacy you wish to pass on. Strive to make it entirely beneficial.

Suggestions for further reading:[edit | edit source]

References:[edit | edit source]

  1. David Seaman (2005). The Real Meaning of Life. New World Library. ISBN 1577315146.  Page 126
  2. Richard Dawkins (1976). The Selfish Gene. Oxford University Press. ISBN 019857519X. 
  3. Richard Dawkins (1995). River out of Eden. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-06990-8. 
  4. Does Marriage Help Your Health and Happiness?, By John M. Grohol, PsyD World of Psychology, April 17, 2010