Tyler D: "Always enjoy reading what you have to say..."Thanks, and back atcha. You're no slacker yourself, especially when it
comes to disagreeing agreeably. "Daedalus, Stephen" keeps raising the
bar, though, for both wit and insight. It's hard to keep up with you two.
Thank you for this article.
The world is just fine with fewer marriages. Why do I keep reading articles
which claim marriage is the only thing hold society together. I would say
president who start wars while cutting taxes are much worse for humanity than
people delaying or not getting married.
@Lagomorph – “the pyramid is top-heavy, but like a pig through a
python it will pass in a generation or two”Always enjoy
reading what you have to say, both for the intelligent insights and for the word
like the sentence above.“The Ponzi scheme of
exponential growth” was a close second
I think the Eyre's underestimate the seriousness of the disintegration of
the family. Reading many of the comments on this board, it seems that many now
feel that not only are marriage and children an undesirable choice, but they are
downright unhealthy and dangerous choices. As a next step in the
not too distant future, I can see attempted laws limiting family size, a la
Communist China of the 1960s and 70s. As for marriage (without a
pre-nup), it is already seen by the majority of American society as not only
just a piece of paper, but a piece of paper that can eventually put you in the
poorhouse, especially if you happen to be one kind of gender.@Millenial Snow.I appreciate your sentiments. However, the answer to
the question, "why have children" lies buried in your comment. You
mentioned among the burdens millennials shoulder, taking care of aging parents.
Well, who is going to take care of you in your old age if you have no children?
Oh, that's right...the government.
I guess what bothers me most about this article is not the conclusion (it was
expected. Look who wrote it), but the hollow cry again for "strong
voices" to curb this trend. Like the world is basically the same as the
60's when the Eyer's were young, and all that has happened is these
young people have just "lost their way", been tempted into selfish
behaviors. The world is not the same. The rise of the nearly
radical libertarianism in the American right should give you a hint that
something has changed fundamentally. How do expect your children to
embrace a personal communal attitude when you as the parent rant about your
individualism. They're stealing my money. They don't deserve what I
sacrificed for. They're taking our jobs. Why do national
emergencies where everyone "pulls together" feel so different? Because
they are different. That's not how we live our lives. The
young have grown very naturally into a world of me and mine, and everything
around us supports that, from technology, parenting, economics, and culture.
Here's where we are and we better figure out how to navigate
If you are of my generation you will know why people are delaying families.For most it's because millennials have been handed a changed
economy - where the manufacturing base has fallen out and automated workforces
have slowly taken over entire sectors. Where student loans are on our backs and
benefits are being cut we are forced to take care of our aging parents and young
children with no illusion of job stability or promise of a pension. Housing and
medical costs have skyrocketed and although CEOs and shareholders are doing
pretty well my real wages haven't kept up with inflation.So you
can come an preach to me about the "selfish millennials" who are afraid
children are going to ruin their figure or they would rather buy a beach house,
but it is not the real issue here.The economy doesn't work the
way it used to. It is set up to benefit the very wealthy and the middle class is
being left in the dust.
I would say climate change will probably have a bigger effect.It is
something that will have ripple effects in every economic sector in every corner
of the world. There will be massive famines, changes in local climates and crops
that can be raised there, it will effect coastal cities, marine life, and cause
wars and tension for every stressed human population center.It will
be hard to have a stable family if the planet itself is in flux.
@one old man "Almost all the world's problems can be summed up in one
word: GREEDAlways has been and always will."Well yes, but
what drives greed? If you'll pardon me, Marx explains it this way. Most
of us live in a world of C-M-C. We sell our commodity - labor, to get cash, so
we can buy commodities to survive. In this there is little or no
accumulation.But capital is driven by M-C-M +profit. Money is
advanced to purchase a commodity which is sold at a profit. Money in this flow
is power. There can never be enough money or enough profit. Money in this flow
is infinitely expansible. Capital wants more and more money and profit. The
CEO making 200 million feels disadvantaged compared to the CEO making 500
million. This is the world of capitalist accumulation, boundless, so different
from the world most of us know. And this world of capitalist accumulation is
destroying society and families with it.
Fascism created by folks like the Kochs and the GOP. That's the
world's #1 threat.
"What is the world's biggest problem?"I couldn't
say, but I know a major problem is the limited scope and understanding by the
economics discipline. Specifically, the theoretical insights of Karl Marx are
not part of mainstream economics, crippling that field and limiting our
understanding of how a maturing capitalism drives all of the issues in the
writers' list. Those who've studied Marx know what I
mean. The rest dismiss my view as absurdity at least, and subversive at most.
My issue didn't make the Eyres' list so I suspect they dismiss it.
"What is needed is a strong voice advocating a return to a more
family-centric culture."Perhaps Sheri Dew should be that "strong
voice?" There's a reason 51% of women in the church are single.
Young men are no longer held to the higher standard of taking the initiative in
marrying a young lady and being financially responsible for the future family
they will create together. Instead, they are told if they don't have the
opportunity to marry in this life, no problem! They will be blessed with every
opportunity in the next. The world has nothing to worry about. Women are now
"expected" to do it all. Real men needn't apply.
Eyres on #5: “Climate change accelerates because we focus more on our
individual prosperity and fulfillment than on leaving a habitable world for our
children.”And yet the most significant key to leaving a
habitable world is slowing population growth and eventually stabilizing it,
because resource consumption and entropic waste is a direct function of
population. The Eyres point to the economic ramifications of a top-heavy
demographic pyramid (a few kids caring for a lot of elders), but their solution
is to continue to rely on the Ponzi scheme of exponential growth, which will
inevitably collapse catastrophically. Yes, the pyramid is top-heavy, but like a
pig through a python it will pass in a generation or two. Rather than
exacerbating #2, #5 holds the promise of mitigating it.#5 may help
mitigate the other problems as well. When parents have fewer children, they can
invest more resources (time, money, education, moral training, health practices,
etc.) into them. That improves child outcomes and overall prosperity. That
this is being sacrificed in the name of selfish individualism seems an
Our biggest problem is over population!Roads, houses, farms,
grazing, all act to destroy habitat of many species. Think of the American
Buffalo. Our children will live in a world where a large percentage of the
world's plant and animal diversity will be gone!The future is
one of lots of people, very few large land animals etc.
I’ll go with #2 and #3.And what makes them truly tragic (at
least here in America) is that for one of our major political parties, denying
#2 has become their religious orthodoxy. And our other major
political barely acknowledges the existence of #3 (certainly with respect to the
religious ideology underwriting it).Sadly, this makes solving both
infinitely more challenging.PS – I’m wondering if
including #4 on the list was meant as irony since not only is it not a problem,
it may well just be the solution to #’s 2 and 3.
Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you. The truth is
within you, pray that you have the Spirit of Jesus, there lives the truth.
It's not an external problem but an internal one.
I see the increase in the number of 'nones' as opposed to the
religious as a positive, not a problem. Sorry, but churches and religion are not
only the exclusive keepers of morality, but way too often act contrary to it.
"What is the biggest danger right now?"Easy. Donald J.
Trump. An unstable narcissist with his fingers on nuclear triggers.
Almost all the world's problems can be summed up in one word: GREEDAlways has been and always will.