Leonardo DiCaprio captured headlines again with a vague hint for adoring fans eager to know about his plans to have children: “Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this?” asked the 41-year-old actor. “If it happens, it happens. I’d prefer not to get into specifics about it, just because then it becomes something that is misquoted. But, yeah.”
Here’s what’s interesting about the statement. Leo seems concerned about the world his children would inherit—and rightly so. But he seems to disconnect that concern, as most people do, from the act of having those children. The fact is, our future world will look and be like the people born and raised today—the children we have. And we can make that future bright by working together to make those children the best they can be. Leo disconnects the two issues because under the current isolation model of parenting, Leo has no control over the future his children will inherit; in our current model, parents go off to private enclaves to make these decisions. But we can break that model and make the future safe for our children. Things like the Having Kids model—where everyone works together to have fewer children and invest more in each child—offer a better alternative.
By working together, we don’t have to make a leap of faith. Together, we can shape our future.