My question has to do with moral obligation towards persons not yet conscience or even existent. The question is this, how may I weigh the possible happiness and suffering when deciding how many kids to have? For instance, given the income I make I could make one child very spoiled or I could have many children and spread out the wealth. The dilemma is that these kids are nonexistent, I mean if I really had many kids it would be unfair to spoil one; however, if I only do have one child that I spoil then I am negating the possibility of sharing with other children. To put this question on a large-scale basis we could, as a "global community," let's say, either use our resources to make everyone happy now (hypothetically of course) or continue to allow the population to grow to where there are more people (with the ability to feel pleasure and pain) although now (pretending that) we would share all the resources, of course now there is less so every gets the minimum amount to survive. so how do we measure the happiness of the future?
I hope my question was not to confusing. I really appreciate any response.
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