Fruitful

"Fruitful" is a biblical term or, at least, it's a term that I mostly associate with the Bible.

God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
-Genesis 1:28

Nicole's dad told us to be fruitful in the speech he gave at our wedding.  It's the only thing I really remember from that speech, to be honest.

I don't know what capital G god is thinking, but I would guess these days he's probably hoping human beings would cut it out with the whole "fruitful" thing.  There are far too many of us and we are sucking this planet dry.  A little less "fruitful" could go a long way.

I also kind of resent the fact that being fruitful is an order from on high.  I don't think anyone who doesn't want kids should have them, not just because it should be their choice, but because they'll probably be shitty parents.  There are so many unwanted children in this world already, and we seem pretty happy to do nothing about that.

I guess that kind of begs the question as to why Nicole and I are, in fact, being fruitful.

I suppose the simple answer is because we want to.  While I don't think being fruitful should be an order, I do think we should have a choice.  Nicole and I choose to be fruitful.

And we can, which is probably the bigger issue.  We know we can provide for this child.  We know that we can make sure that he is fed and clothed and care for.  That's all very important.

We also know that we can provide him with a loving home.  No, not just a loving home, but a growing home.  We both know that we can give our child everything he needs and more.  We also believe that he can surpass us as a human being.

I'm speaking out of turn a bit there because I haven't actually had a specific conversation with Nicole about this, but I think she'd agree with me.  Evolution is evolution and we believe we can help with that.  Our parents did the best they could with what they had and we'll do the same.  But think about the advances in knowledge from when you were a kid.  Now extrapolate that to where knowledge will be when your child is your age.  We're going to raise a child who is ready for that.

There is a belief among certain extremist factions of more or less every religion in the world that we must reproduce as much as possible in order to maintain the army of our chosen religion.  We have to make sure that we have troops for the coming holy war.  It's idiocy, of course, except that there's some truth to it (as is the case for all the worst things).

Our world is only going to get better if we get better, and at a certain point you and I aren't going to get any better.  But our children can be.  Our children will be.

I don't mean that to sound like I want our kid to be a scientist or astronaut or whatever.  No, I think we can make this world a better place by bringing more kind, loving people into it.  Not to get all New Age about it, but the more love we have, the less hate, and that's how we get better.

So we're being fruitful and I'm writing about it.  I'm calling it "The Fruitful Series."

I suppose I'm being fruitful with my words, too.