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Published: Tuesday, June 3 2014 3:25 p.m. MDT

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mclean, VA

It wouldn't be much of a world without families.....and we are headed in that direction!
Remember when everyone was worried about overpopulation? Now we better worry about less marriages, less children,
less commitment, and declining population in many developed countries.

Salt Lake City, UT

Nah, we're too short sighted and selfish to realize the consequences of our choices today. I want to spend my money on me. I want to worry about my free time and my fun time and not the welfare of some snot nosed, whiny, needy fun killer. And a committed relationship? Phht. Who want's to compromise and learn patience and grow as a person more than I ever could by myself? It's me time for the rest of my life. I will never regret my life about me.

Phoenix, AZ

Read the first few paragraphs again. I'm amazed at how incredibly judgmental and critical it sounds. By simply watching a woman walk down the street or ride a subway you can come to the conclusion that she should not be working outside of the home and should be home having babies. You know nothing of their circumstances, maybe that poor woman in Mexico has to work to feed her kids, maybe that carrer woman in New York wants to be married and have children but hasn't met the right man or maybe is unable to have kids.

Seattle, WA

I thought the same thing.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Institutionalized. Are we becoming institutionalized? What is the system? Can we go ageist it? Is it reciprocity.

Cleveland , OH

Funny, shortly after reading this article I had a conversation with a friend about her daughter and son-in-law. The daughter has a key position with an agency that handles aid to people in crisis situations - aftermath of the hurricane in Haiti, for example. She has talked about having a baby, but right now her effort is focused on organizing and managing response that could save hundreds of babies and children. My friend says her daughter has weighed the selfishness of her wants against helping others.

A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY

I'm thoroughly baffled. What conceivable inspiration has led the Eyres to navel-gaze in this direction? Is there some sort of moral to this story? Some sort of existential risk to humanity they're trying to warn us about? Or, just an exercise in scary paranoia as psyops to keep the flock in line?

Anyway, there's absolutely no need to speculate about it. There's a meticulously constructed example, running for a number of generations now, where anyone can plainly see exactly what such a society looks like: North Korea.

I don't think there's anything to worry about. No one is going to be in any hurry to emulate that.

mclean, VA

Its funny how people can read the same article and feel so differently about it. And its interesting how judgmental some comments are concerning how judgmental they think the Eyres are.
I don't read the Eyres judging the individuals they see on the train or subway. They clearly say that as they watch people in certain cities in certain situation it makes them "wonder" how many may be delaying family or commitment. This is not a judgement, it is honest pondering and concern. The Eyres know the statistics and the trends, and they are thinking about those stats and thinking about their effect on society and on individual happiness. It is the kind of thinking we should all do more of!

Darth Veider
San Francisco, CA

@ dr bridell

It's funny how some people are passive-aggressive, but think they appear as if they are warm and fuzzy. You clearly judged the authors of "some comments" by ridiculing what they had said and pretended you didn't do it.

As far as the article goes - it's very clear to me that the Eyres judged those people who were "out for the glitz, the money, the "freedom," and not thinking at all about family." If you can't see it then your admiration for the Eyres exceeds your ability to digest the meaning of what they write.

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