You’ve never heard of Yitta Schwartz probably. She died almost four years ago at 93, an unknown member of an obscure sect of Jews—the Satmar Hasidic sect. But she was an extremely important person to thousands. In fact, she is the primary reason they exist.
Yitta Schwartz had fifteen children, more than two hundred grandchildren, and by the time of her death, thousands of direct descendants. Without being famous or popular, without thousands of facebook “friends” or a highly-trafficked blog, Yitta Schwartz had an impact. Simply by having many children and raising them well.
The Satmar Hasidic sect, to which Yitta Schwartz belonged, took God seriously when He said, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28). The average number of children for families in this sect is nine. And, as Yitta Schwartz proves, many if not all of these children adopt the same views as their parents.
As everyday and mundane as it is, child-bearing and rearing is probably the most important thing you will do this coming year. Your job probably won’t mean a whole lot in a few decades. All your work will largely be forgotten in a generation. Your wealth will probably not last and any kingdoms you have built will likely crumble on your departure.
Most of the time, your children will survive you. And if you want to have an influence in the future, you should invest in them. We live in a culture that kills unwanted children and looks down on those who have “too many.” When people do have children, they abandon or neglect them, pervert and distort them, and in most cases treat them like chores and inconveniences. The civil government subsidizes population control and keeps giving more marriage rights to same-sex couples—a monument to institutionalized infertility.
But the truth is that parents who have plenty of children and raise those children well will have the greatest and most lasting influence in the future. I don’t have to out-argue, out-produce, or out-resource my enemies. I just have to out-populate them. Something to think about as a new year begins.