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Amber and I are childfree, and I honestly don't think that's going to be changing any time soon. I suppose I don't have anything against having children, personally, but I've never really felt either the instinctual need or the societal pressure to do so. I like to think that my thoughts are more important than my genes, and I already have an outlet for those to carry on after my death.

I have never been able to sympathize with infertile couples in movies or TV shows that are desperately trying to conceive and can't. If you do happen to be possessed with the need to love and cherish a small human, there are plenty of ways to do so... unless you're willing to openly acknowledge the fact that you can't love something that doesn't have your DNA, or that what you're actually after is the experience of being pregnant.


(Tuesday morning, INT: MH's apartment)

MH: Quite honestly, I can't even imagine wanting kids right now. It's like imagining myself being hungry for salt lick, or wanting to spin a cocoon.
JH: But you're confident it's an instinct that's going to kick in later?
MH: Well, yeah. And when that happens, I figure I can always just adopt.
EB: "Always just adopt". You're so blasé about it.
MH: Honestly, I can't even sympathize with whatever kind of narcissistic sociopath could ignore the kids in need of adoption in favour of making their own. Looking out at that sea of upturned orphan faces and going "Ehh, I can do better."
MH: "Sure, there are hundreds upon hundreds of needy children who are in the process of growing up without parents, but hey, I'm pretty sure I can make a child that's more deserving of my love, attention and resources using the slime that comes outta this dude's balls."
JH: So what, everyone who has their own biological children is a narcissist?
MH: Well, it's like my veganism. I'm not saying I'm better than you, I'm just abstaining from your behaviour pattern for moral reasons.
EB: I'm pretty sure that's the definition of "better than you", Max.