You've Come a Long Way, Baby
I have some reason to believe that Epicureanism (which means pursuit of pleasure for pleasure's sake), including its most predominant modern social manifestation, the Sexual Revolution (which, intentionally or not, promotes unchastity, late marriage, high divorce rates, and, in general, a discouraging environment for childrearing), is alien to human nature. Despite what teenagers and John Galt types say, we are not meant to live for ourselves alone, and not truly happy when we try.
This article is like something out of a bleak gallows-humor SF dystopia. But it is real:
WASHINGTON - Many people like to stop and play with newborn babies, but now some adult women are playing house with fake babies.
Some women are even going as far as taking day trips with the fake babies to the park, out to eat, and even hosting birthday parties for them.
Forty-nine-year-old Linda is married with no children of her own. Now, she says she feels like a mother because she has Reborns -- dolls made to look and feel like the real thing.