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Great video on the myth of overpopulation! February 17, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, Society.
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To go with my recent posts on NFP, here’s a great video from the Population Research Institute on birthrates and demographic decline.  It’s short, simple, and to the point.  Anyone can follow the logic here.  If societies don’t have enough children, the society begins to decline – slowly first, and then increasingly rapidly.  This leads to massive social and economic problems. 

From a religious standpoint, I’m concerned about this growing trend towards “Eco-religion.”  This can range from those who literally make a religion of environmentalism, to those who try to sort of blend Christianity and environmentalism.  The Archdiocese of Washington, DC has encouraged its parishioners to make ‘eco-sacrifices’ this lent.   Since the environmental movement is joined at the hip with the Malthusian ‘overpopulation’ myth, this can be dangerous for Catholic spirituality.  It’s not like there’s not already enough pressure in the culture to not reproduce.  Europe is practically committing suicide with thier ludicrous birthrates (CZ – 1.08 live births/woman), and of course Japan and China have been leading the way.  I pray that people will increasingly realize that our problem on this Earth is not ‘limited resources’ (new technology has always allowed us to produce enough food/water/power for everyone, and then some), but a tendency towards not enough people.  In 50-60 years, the world population could top out at around 8 billion and then begin to shrink for the first time in almost 1000 years.  If the trends don’t change, it will shrink slowly at first, and then it will begin to collapse.  Ecomomies will go with it.

I’d like to remind everyone that according to one population researcher, if we in the USA had been having 2.7 babies per woman, instead of 2.0 as we have over the last 40 years, we would have no problems funding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.  Forever.  The problem is not that those programs cost too much, it’s that we haven’t had enough children to support the cost of the larger generations that came before!  Yikes!  I’m becoming some kind of large family zealot!

Yeah, well………

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