The shame of parenthood

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“And nothing inspires as much shame as being a parent.  Children confront us with our paradoxes and hypocrisies, and we are exposed.  You need to find an answer for every why – Why do we do this? Why don’t we do that? – and often there isn’t a good one.  So you say, simply, because.  Or you tell a story that you know isn’t true.  And whether or not your face reddens, you blush.  The shame of parenthood – which is a good shame – is that we want our children to be more whole than we are, to have satisfactory answers.  My son not only inspired me to reconsider what kind of eating animal I would be, but shamed me into reconsideration.”

from page 40 in the book: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer