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Rhetocracy Silicon Valley Chapter holds regular meetings, weekly lunch and monthly dinner, to discuss current political, philosophical, personal, and social issues.

At each meeting we lay out a single proposition for discussion with some supporting and opposing argument and research. Those attending are invited to take one side or the other or to reframe the issue in creative ways. Our goal is to become more informed about the issue, to inform and persuade others of our position, and to listen and learn about the positions that others take.

Join us for a friendly discussion. All perspectives are welcome.

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Upcoming events (5)

Discussion: Children are a burden

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Parenting is hard. Children are expensive and require attention. Some situations make parenting harder, such as being a single parent. Some children are harder than others, such as a rebellious or or special needs child. And, yet, because we all die the future of humanity requires that we have and raise children. Having children has always been a choice but today birth control gives parents, and women especially, greater control over that choice. As a result, many people are choosing not to have children or to have fewer.

Is parenting a good choice? Are children a burden? Or are they a joy and a blessing? Why have children? How many children should a family have?

Pro
Parenting is an accident of biology, one that science can cure. Each child costs approximately a quarter of a million dollars. Each. But in addition to the cost parents must sacrifice their independence and autonomy becoming virtual slaves to the needs of their children. If your pet becomes a problem you can drop him off at the SPCA. But you're stuck with a child until he is 18, at least, and perhaps beyond that if he cannot get started in life; boomerang children are returning home in droves. Children demand attention and limit your enjoyment of life. And for all that, most children are ungrateful and neglect their parents in their old age. Surveys consistenlty reveal that parents are less happy than childless couples. Nobody should choose to have children.

Con
Parenting is a unique joy and a blessing. It entails brining a new life into the world and guiding him for his formative years. It is the greatest responsibilty one can assume in life, greater even than caring for a spouse. It is hard but rewarding; like much else in life satisfaction comes not from avoiding difficulties but in overcoming them. Nobody should pass up the opportunity to become a parent if it is at all practical.

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Discussion: Children are a burden

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Parenting is hard. Children are expensive and require attention. Some situations make parenting harder, such as being a single parent. Some children are harder than others, such as a rebellious or or special needs child. And, yet, because we all die the future of humanity requires that we have and raise children. Having children has always been a choice but today birth control gives parents, and women especially, greater control over that choice. As a result, many people are choosing not to have children or to have fewer.

Is parenting a good choice? Are children a burden? Or are they a joy and a blessing? Why have children? How many children should a family have?

Pro
Parenting is an accident of biology, one that science can cure. Each child costs approximately a quarter of a million dollars. Each. But in addition to the cost parents must sacrifice their independence and autonomy becoming virtual slaves to the needs of their children. If your pet becomes a problem you can drop him off at the SPCA. But you're stuck with a child until he is 18, at least, and perhaps beyond that if he cannot get started in life; boomerang children are returning home in droves. Children demand attention and limit your enjoyment of life. And for all that, most children are ungrateful and neglect their parents in their old age. Surveys consistenlty reveal that parents are less happy than childless couples. Nobody should choose to have children.

Con
Parenting is a unique joy and a blessing. It entails brining a new life into the world and guiding him for his formative years. It is the greatest responsibilty one can assume in life, greater even than caring for a spouse. It is hard but rewarding; like much else in life satisfaction comes not from avoiding difficulties but in overcoming them. Nobody should pass up the opportunity to become a parent if it is at all practical.

https://www.rhetocracy.com/event/view?eventEntityId=1064188602068

Debate: Something, something, something

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Something, something, something.

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Debate: Something, something, something

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Something, something, something.

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Past events (100)

Discussion: College is not job training

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