Posted By Jennie Chancey on November 29, 2011
We post often on demographics, because childbearing (or the lack of it) has huge consequences on our world–both on families and on nations. I’ve picked several excellent pieces to share (now that Internet is working again consistently here!):
- From Pundit & Pundette: “Pregnancy, childbirth, babies, toddlers, teenagers — they introduce uncontrollable variables into life. Having children is messy and risky, opening the door to kinds of suffering to which non-parents will be forever immune. The choice of sterility is infinitely neater and safer. Like a clean layer of asphalt instead of a garden, it makes no demands; but it doesn’t give much back, either.”
- From Big Think: “I actually think the primary cause of our ‘demographic issue’ is our creeping and sometimes creepy individualism. Sophisticated people have taken much more responsibility for their individual futures by focusing much more intentionally on personal health and safety. They’re all about prudently avoiding risk factors.”
- From Mercatornet: “Governments did not invent pay-as-you-go social security. They copied it from the oldest social institution in the world — the family. Before the establishment of the modern welfare state, extended families functioned as a source of informal social insurance. Security in old age was provided on the basis of reciprocal generosity: parents procreated children, supported them and educated them. In return, children supported their elderly parents with money, housing, and care. This continues to be the basic pattern all around the developing world.”
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