Cheryl and Ellis argue that having children is the most selfish decision that otherwise moral people make. In "Enough of Us," they provide evidence to support their claims that the risks to children and the adults they become are higher than most people imagine. They believe that the human population wreaks havoc upon the Earth because, as they say, "enough of us already exist."
An excerpt from "Enough of Us":
"Around the world, hundreds of millions of children suffer. Birth defects, abusive or inadequate parenting, genetic predisposition, environmental pollution, poor nutrition, civil upheaval, and an almost endless litany of sources of suffering stand in the shadows waiting to inflict their misery on potential victims. When tragedy strikes and parents cry out, 'Why did this happen to my child?' or, 'Why did it happen to me?' the answer really begins with: 'You gambled by creating a life.' When people become involved in high-stakes gambling, huge losses may ensue."
Another of Cheryl and Ellis' goals with "Enough of Us" is to provide support to couples who choose not to have children, a decision that they believe is often viewed as strange. "We would like to raise awareness of the wisdom of, and advantages to, not producing children," says Cheryl. "We want to inspire dialogue that opens up this subject for wide consideration."
About the Authors
Cheryl Smith Levinson is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She practiced psychotherapy for 25 years, working with families dealing with severe emotional issues. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA and a master's degree in social science from Azusa Pacific College.
Ellis Levinson is The Consumer Guy®. He has been an award-winning television investigative and consumer reporter, consumer advocate, comedian, actor and former school teacher in the New York City public high school system. He writes a blog at Consumerguy.com and holds two degrees in political science, a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree from New School University.
The authors have been married and childfree for 29 years. They blog at www.Enoughof.Us.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All persons, whether they are considering having children or not, would benefit by reading this book. The authors point out the many downsides that raising children can have both on the lives of their parents and on the environment we all share. Readers who are NOT considering the "to have or not to have question" will develop a respect for the decision made by persons who have chosen to remain child free and will be less likely to pester them with the "when ya gonna have kids" question (which comes in many forms).
Enough of Us is a must read for anyone sitting on the fence about having kids and maybe also for potential grandparents whose main topic of conversation with their kids is, "When will my grandchild be born?" It is also useful for helping those who have chosen not to have children better articulate their reasons. This is also a must read for parents deciding whether to have that second or third child. Enough of Us is an informative read and a great resource about a variety of topics. It makes a great launching pad for further research and would make an excellent text for a high school or college course.