A child, more than all other giftsTouching, those Romantics. But does the “child effect” happen on a larger, sociological scale? We all know that good parents have a salutary effect on children. Do children tend to have a beneficial effect on parents, making them more responsible, or social? I’m not sure what sort of experiments could determine this. Obviously there are deadbeat dads all over the place, but what if there’s a pattern of irresponsible blokes who, after having a child, settle down and shape up? Why, we could encourage people to have kids. Republicans should be all over this (as if we need reasons to read Eliot).
That earth can offer to declining man,
Brings hope with it, and forward-looking thoughts.