Jason Evans's Letter

To the son/daughter I never had,

I hope you can forgive me for not giving you a chance for a human life on Earth, but we were approaching 8 billion people on this overcrowded planet and there was simply not the will to make any meaningful difference to a way of life that had to change. I would have loved to have raised you and maybe even pass on some good values, but knowing that having one less child was the best thing I could do for limiting the suffering from the climate crisis and knowing that too many people had already chosen to live as if there were no tomorrow, I was clear that as heart-breaking this decision not to conceive you was, it was the best I could do. I felt it wasn't fair to pass on the responsibility for this unfolding disaster. Maybe you could have been the one to solve our problems, but how could I put this responsibility on you who had never asked for it? I just hope that in some small way this difficult decision will make some impact in the deluge of human suffering that we are now likely to suffer, which you will at least be spared. Maybe there is still a chance for humanity but unless more people take responsibility now, it will be unfairly dumped on the generation now just growing up. Through my own suffering I atone for my actions, whether good or evil, in the past, present and future. I offer my suffering to the source of love and life in the universe. And I hope that if I have chosen poorly, I will be inspired to choose better in future. Amen.


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