As time passes, and I become less likely to have children, and the people whose kids I would care about either opt out of having them, or die, I notice I'm increasingly willing to act against the common good for short term pleasure.

@machado Maybe there is a grain of truth to social conservatives' arguments that increasing individualism as exemplified by not having kids, Bowling Alone etc. harm society by weakening collective bonds of trust and the desire to act for the common good.

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@BruceJia I'd say it was the other way around. So much of the "common good" was coopted that people defected on the larger collective in favor of the smaller one, i.e. abandon the nation for the family. It just happens that families are not a sustainable strategy in the current environment, so it goes down another level to individualism.

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