The Responsibility of a Conscious Decision. Monica Goudey Philosophy department. This paper focuses on the responsibility of deciding to bring children into the world. The implications involving in reproducing are great. Many of these implications affect the environment. These effects are especially felt in a world that is already suffering ecologically. Not only does the world suffer, but individuals suffer as well. The main thesis in the paper is that in order to maintain emotional, material, and spiritual resources, humans need to put an end to excessive reproduction. The topics include conformity, mending relationships, the depletion of natural resources, encouraging harmony and balance, and moderation.