Work, for it, should be #1, as well as the preface to the other eight.
"A big part of our financial success is based upon the decisions we make in
life. As I see it, there are four key milestones in life: 1) getting a good
education, either through college or via on the job training; 2) establishing
your career; 3) marriage; 4) kids. If you follow those milestones in order,
you’ll greatly increase your odds of achieving financial freedom. However,
if you take them out of order, you’ll quickly discover that life not only
gets more complicated, but also gets significantly more difficult
financially."I not only disagree with this "commandment of
men", but I disagree EXTREMELY STRONGLY. And, though it appears to make MUCH
SENSE at a Micro-Economic level, it is DESTROYING us on a Macro-Economic level.
Let me explain why.NOW for MANY not only men, but ALSO women,
getting not only a bachelor's degree is de rigeur, but getting a
Master's &/or Doctorate too. By the time most finish these, they are in
their late 20's to early 20's.This careerism most often
tends to delay in marriage and child bearing, causing sub-replacement birth
I meant "late 20's or early 30's". And I would add, that
getting a start in trying to have a family that late (one should be beginning in
either their early 20's, or even late teens), means that the time available
for child bearing is greatly diminished.But, given that, so far,
only I and one other have commented on this "story" is an indicator that
very few even read the article.For a society as a whole to shake off
the sub-replacement birthrates they've been having for close to half a
century (did you know that "boomers" in the U.S. averaged only 170
babies born in their lifetime for every 200 of them)?, we need the generation
now in their child bearing years to self-reproduce in far greater numbers than,
on average, their parents did. Without enough children, we don't have much
chance for our future.Sub-replacement birth rates are (and were
leading up to the Great Depression) "A" if not "THE" reason why
we had that economic depression. And so it is, IMO, NOW, for certain!
Good article. I will review with my children. And yes Diligent Dave we
definitely need more children long term than we currently have from a macro
level. It will be really interesting to see changes in Europe, US, and Asia over
the next few decades as the population gets older.
I don't disagree that getting married/having children before finishing your
education/establishing a career can make life "complicated"...but since
when do we do things the easy way. If Hollywood thinks it's a good idea
(i.e. putting off marriage/family to seek after what very often are selfish
pursuits), then it's likely the idea isn't good at all. This
reasoning, coupled with the breaking of the law of chastity, is why we have many
of the problems that plague society today.