A reader’s suggestion for me

A female reader writes:

I feel saddened by your condition. If you pull through, I would like to request that you find a young late ’20s/early ’30s Russian Jewish woman or an Israeli Jewish woman, marry her, and procreate with her at least two children (they can be twins). Hopefully one of them will be a boy. Regards.

LA replies:

I am touched by your evident love for me and your desire that something of me continue in the world.

But think about it. With pancreatic cancer which has now spread to the brain and spine, and with me being taken care of because I’m too weak and sick to care for myself, and with the doctors telling me I have three or maybe six months to live, I’m going to find a woman thirty years younger than myself and marry her and have children?

Reader replies:

Maybe you can save your sperm? Or is that bad? I know sperm don’t live long (even if they are frozen) and sooner or later they die, but it’s a try.

LA replies:

Yes, it is very bad. Producing children by anonymous sperm donors, or by the sperm of a dead person, is an abomination. It is selfish, cruel, and anti-human deliberately to bring a child into the world with no father and so unnaturally. How can persons conceived in such a manner form a normal human identity?

Yet this abomination is accepted apparently without any significant opposition and has become terribly common in modern society. It would not be allowed in a Christian, or even a decent society. It’s one of the major marks of how contemporary people have lost touch with God and humanity.

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Josh W. writes:

I can only speak with regard to my own experience, but within that context I definitely agree with your assessment of artificial insemination. My mother is a lesbian who chose to be artificially inseminated and, as a result, I have never met (and can never meet) my father. I have adjusted rather well, although the same cannot be said for others I’m acquainted with who grew up under similar circumstances.

That said, I think there is a legitimate role for artificial insemination in cases of married couples in which the male happens to be infertile. I think the main issue is the existence of a traditional family unit with a mother and father (in this day and age, I actually have to specify the participants), not the means by which the conception occurs.

In any case, to use the act of bringing a child into the world in order to validate oneself (whether internally or externally) is truly an abomination, as you said.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 07, 2013 05:46 PM | Send

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