World Vasectomy Day serves to remind us that each of us matters and that the choices we make in bringing life into existence and the choices we make on how to treat the life that already exists, affects the world our children will inherit. Put bluntly, if we make no effort to live more graciously on this planet or dedicate ourselves to fight more fiercely for what we know is true, then the legacy we condemn them to a grim world.
There are many people who believe that population size has no impact on climate change, let alone that that climate change is real (last week’s election made that clear). Certainly, we agree that numbers alone do not determine our destiny, but all the major social and environmental challenges we face are more difficult to resolve with a growing population. Being conscientious procreators matters, not just to your own family’s well-being, but future generations as well.
Personally, I am less frightened by ignorance than I am by despair. I sense that people are giving up on the present entirely and seem to romanticize the past while condemning the present. I listened to people who were hoping for a Trump victory, not because they thought he’d make things better, but that he’d disrupt what was clearly not working. He played to their discontent and found fertile grounds for arguments. I don’t agree, but I understand.
Here in Kenya, it’s the opposite. Although there is real and evident poverty, most of the people I speak with are essentially optimistic. They know that there are no guarantees, but they work hard. 6, and sometimes 7 days a week, to assure, as best they can, that the lives of their children be better than their own. The smiles and positive energy keep me going, even with all of the obstacles that make daily life annoying at best and frustrating at worst, like the paralyzing traffic and the spotty internet. It reveals how spoiled I am and makes me wish Americans could spend time here so that might appreciate how good things are, if only relatively.
Negativity creates a self-fulfilling prophesy but so does blind faith. Assuming that we’ll sort out our problems because humans always do, doesn’t work. It only really means we’ll leave it up to someone, some future generation ‘to figure it out all out.’ Positive attitude, along with a strong cup of coffee, gets you started in the morning, but then you have to do the hard work. We’ve gotten our wake up call. Let’s wake up. The time for action has arrived.
It is the spirit of doing that makes World Vasectomy Day different from most other “day” celebrations. We don’t just talk or share information, both desperately needed of course, but at the heart of it, we are a band of brothers who are willing to put our bodies on the line in service of a greater purpose. Working together, men and women, we can change the destiny of our families, our children, their children and our collective future too!
So get a vasectomy when your family is complete!
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