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do drunkards transmit to their descendants tendency toward insanity and
crime, but even habitually sober parents who at the moment of conception
are in a temporary state of drunkenness beget children who are epileptic
or paralytic, idiotic or insane, very often microcephalic, or with
remarkable weakness of mind, which is transformed at the first favorable
occasion into insanity."
The time of conception should undoubtedly be chosen to correspond to a
time in which the sex-powers of both parents are at their maximum. This
is arrived at by a reasonable period of previous continence and
abstinence from sexual relations between the married couple, and by an
observance of the natural law which renders the woman most strong
sexually at the close of the menstrual period. The husband, as well as
the wife, is most strong sexually at this period, as under normal
conditions his sex-power is most actively called forth by that of the
woman at this period. At this period the wave of sex-power is at its
height, and this is the best time for the beginning of the new life. As
Riddell says: "Strong, vigorous, chaste sexuality at the time of
conception is of supreme importance; it is indispensable to good
results. No number of other conditions or factors can be so favorable as
to justify the creation of a new life when the vitality of either parent
is low. Parents transmit their physical constitution, intellect and
morals only to the extent of the sex-power at the time of inception."
It is needless to say that there should exist between the prospective
parents a strong bond of affection and attraction. By an irony of
civilized life, the term "love child" is applied only to the offspring
of unmarried lovers--men and women whose affection or passion have run
away with their judgment, and who have "loved not wisely, but too well."
Some of the world's greatest men and women have been "love children" of
this kind; and in such cases it is probably true that their physical and
mental strength has been the result of the ardent feeling animating the
parents at the moment of conception. Such children seldom result from
the "tired bed" or worn-out passion, love killed by sexual excesses,
indifference on the part of one of the participants of the union, "duty"
intercourse without affection or passion, or forced sexual relations.
Every child should be a "love child" in the true sense of the term. The
term should be one of respect, not of reproach. There should be no
children but "love children." The fruit of the perfect mating and
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