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Recent comments by health minister Hakuo Yanagisawa were very disappointing, but they really got me thinking nonetheless. According to his view, I, too, am a “baby-making machine.” I am a healthy male, capable of reproduction, even good with kids. However, the big difference is that my value as a human being is not attached to this fact.

Buddha was a man, and most would agree that his philosophy has been valuable to society. The same goes for Jesus and Muhammad the prophet. Many great men have been valued for what they have given to society or humanity — even when they did not have children.

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