Yesterday we paid our taxes. It’s not a very fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon but such is life as a grown up. As I entered figures into designated boxes I thought of all the people and needs they represented, which is one of the reasons I’m not an accountant. Then I ate three quarters of a slice of cheese and four crackers and tried to gratefully embrace reality.
This morning I stumbled on a Quora question asked by someone who felt resentful about sharing.
I’m sick of paying for everyone else’s kids to go to school. Why can’t people without children pay smaller amounts of school tax than people with children? -Anonymous Grumpy Adult Person’s Expression
As a childfree by choice woman I say: either way we all pay.
We can pay for education or prisons.
We can pay for education or wars.
We can pay for education or the $84 billion dollars annually spent on the effects of child abuse.
We can pay for education or the biopsychosocial-spiritual costs of human trafficking.
We can pay for education or pay for the costs of exported, exploitative goods and services. Hmm, there’s blood on my shirt. Weird.
We can pay for education or bare the debts of historical violence, enduring, needless, social conflict, slavery, homelessness, oppression, misogyny, capitalistic patriarchal dominion, systemic exclusion which results in enraged entitlement or pervasive learned helplessness.
We can pay for education or continue to suffer the effects of industrialization, overpopulation and consumption on climate.
We can pay for education or gorge ourselves into throw pillows. What healthcare? What heart? What help? Pass the Pringles!
We can pay for education or continue killing the ocean with Carnivals.
We can pay for education or pay for panic rooms, padlocks and Prozac.
We can pay for education or watch the world implode from our balconies. Hurrah to me! The ruler of ruin.
To free will and choices.
Agape is a Greek word meaning divine love or charity.