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Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen

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Single Father, English Teacher, Baseball Coach, writing my dissertation on the Old English Genesis Poem.


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Re: In Defense of Unimpressive Persons

Apr. 29 at 9:27pm | see this comment in context

This article reminds me of a sign at the Seattle Zoo that my son Mauricio and I used to look at when he was about three. The sign was counting up the world population, and counting down the amount of land per person. The population number steadily went every couple of seconds, and, though the rhetoric of the surrounding overpopulation warning signs clearly indicated that this upward tick was to be lamented, he and I would stand there, and yes I was being self-consciously defiant, and say “Yay! Another baby!” Over and over again.

The importance of celebrating population growth is particular important for the two of us; my son was adopted out of foster care when he was three, and the conditions of his birth would have made him one of the first candidates to have been snuffed from existence for the sake of keeping down the population. Anyone who has met him knows that would have been a horrible, horrible thing.

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