A friend of mine once told me that the entire history of the world can be given in two sentences: "What harm could it do?" followed quickly by "Oops! Who knew?" Dr. Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the oral contraceptive pill, was once of the "What harm could it do?" school of thought. Now, he says oops:
Djerassi outlined the "horror scenario" that occurred because of the population imbalance, for which his invention was partly to blame. He said that in most of Europe there was now "no connection at all between sexuality and reproduction." He said: "This divide in Catholic Austria, a country which has on average 1.4 children per family, is now complete."
He described families who had decided against reproduction as "wanting to enjoy their schnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it."
The fall in the birth rate, he said, was an "epidemic" far worse, but given less attention, than obesity. Young Austrians, he said, were committing national suicide if they failed to procreate. And if it were not possible to reverse the population decline they would have to understand the necessity of an "intelligent immigration policy."Since Malthus, the world elites have peddled the theory that over-population was the problem, a theory that has unfortunately been embraced by ecologists and economists the world over. The facts are quite the opposite. Neither the economic nor the ecological problems can be solved in the face of falling populations. (See The Birth Dearth and Demographic Winter)
We like to say that "Children are the future," and then refuse to have any children. Somehow, we want to escape the obvious conclusion that we will have no future.