A court in South Africa asked for the advice of experts. These experts said “no.” However, several comments at HotAir disagreed.
Those comments surprise me. The answer to this question is obvious to anyone who has actually invested time and love into a relationship with a child. I’m shocked the court even needed to get an expert opinion. But most people don’t have time to invest in children. For anyone reading this who has not invested years of life into a child, below are some thought experiments.
Try asking yourself this: if I spent as much time with a child as I spend browsing the internet, would I want to just swap him or her out at the age of four?
If you spent four years on a project at work, and you were proud of your work, would you be happy to swap projects with a coworker, and let them claim the rewards for all of your hard work, if their project had made no progress whatsoever during that time?
If you went to college for four years to obtain a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, would you be happy if the college board said the following?: “Oops, based on your ACT scores, we accepted you into the wrong program. You have to swap diplomas with an English major.”
If you spent four years loving and raising a dog or cat or other pet, would you be happy if it turned out you got the wrong animal at the pet store, and a court ordered you to swap four years after the fact?