""And at the same time I've also noticed the concept not just in Christianity, but other religions such as Eastern ones, that some people are "called on" not to reproduce in order to get closer to God, so I've always been…"
""I'm curious what people's views are regarding the ethics or reason de'tre of procreation is, beyond the mere biological impulse."
The ethics of procreation and the raison d'être of procreation are two different…"
""phenomena of this nature were not a universal 'norm' in any era past"
I am certain that it was far more of a norm than you suspect.
"and likewise marriage for primarily pragmatic reasons still exists today, of course - a…"