Is it morally wrong to have children? A Stoic response to the anti-natalism argument

Is pain really morally bad? Is pleasure really morally good?

[image: Medieval woman, having given birth, enjoying her lying-in (postpartum confinement). France, 14th century, Wikipedia]

You might have heard of anti-natalism, the notion that it is immoral to bring children into the world. You might have also dismissed it out of hand as yet another example of useless philosophical navel-gazing. But the…