Posted By Luci on October 13, 2010
Having too many people on the planet is no longer demographers’ chief worry; now, having too few is…
The trick will be restoring what, in the days of family-owned farms and small businesses, was once true: that babies are an asset rather than a burden. Imagine a society in which parents get to keep more of the human capital they form by investing in their children. Imagine a society in which the family is no longer just a consumer unit, but a productive enterprise. The society that figures out how to restore the economic foundation of the family will own the future. The alternative is poor and gray indeed.
A new article in Foreign Policy challenges common assumptions about “overpopulation” in rich and developing nations alike. Phillip Longman points out that the phenomenon of “global aging” will likely contribute to international political instability, internal social chaos due to gender imbalances, and serious pressures for societies where there simply aren’t enough younger citizens to sustain economic growth.
Mr. Longman expresses concern about reverting to “traditional roles” that limit opportunities for women. But this is a false conclusion: to embrace our femininity and God-given roles while seeking to live out and advocate God’s beautiful design of the family is to realize true freedom.
It’s well worth the time to read the rest of the article.
(Many thanks to my husband, who alerted me to this piece! )