Childless individuals actually are more valuable because they add value to society while getting very little to nothing in return.
If I embrace my inner masculine “ego” :-) (it is all about me me me me :-p) ….
I have worked through societies chain of command and assumptions of what a traditional man “is supposed to be” (make note I am not saying it is right or ethical or moral) ….
I have worked psychotic hours, and make [crossed fingers] a very good salary. I also pay a very large chunk of federal taxes, where the taxes I pay annually may exceed a very large chunk of what a person earns annually.
Post-2016, I don’t travel except for agriculture things and to visit family and as such I live within the confines of the great state of Texas. So in essence, what do I get for my $$$ …. near zero. As such I add value.
Susan B. Anthony is a great example of another person and the women that worked in clock painting using Radium in the late 19th and early 20th century of people who may have been childless that protected so many people, entertained people, educated people, and protected people.
So to answer your question …. no you have grown.
If you haven’t felt you grown, stop …. you helped me grow and that means you should be proud that you helped a man become even more mindful with his masculinity.
We are all part of one bigger and greater soul and our time “alone” is meant to give us an appreciation of what it means to be able to partner up and conversely how to love ourselves because we all achieve the same end result. Everyone dies alone, just lets make sure the last words aren’t Rosebud, but
Yael, Alan, Ellee, Joe, (you enter in other names to the list of good and solid people).