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We’re not going to be the Jetsons.


Our progressive secular elites think this is where we’re going. If only we can be convinced to give up our nostalgic clinging to outmoded ways of thought and social organisation. We just have to get rid of archaic Judeo-Christian thought processes and we’re home free!

This would be fine as a goal (if you like the idea of the whole world being turned into the set for Logan’s Run) except that it’s not coming. There are a lot of problems with this idealistic vision of the future that sci fi has explored quite a lot. Social disparity is a popular issue for exploration. Where are the poor people in this glittering scenario? Is there a working class? Who’s making all this stuff that these shiny, pretty people use? And I’m sure we can imagine a lot more questions to ask.

But there is one thing that is going to stop these even from being questions worth asking. There’s one thing that is happening right now that is going to make 2050 look NOthing like this, one thing until very, very recently (and WAY too late,) no one wants to admit is happening.

 

In 1950, we understood that having children was a good thing.

By 1970, we’d decided that other people having children was OK, I guess, but it’s not my thing.

By 1980, most people thought that no one should be having children, because humans are a bad thing.

 

Global fertility map: the whole world turning blue.
And don’t imagine that it’s just us rich white westerners. People still think (thanks Henry Kissinger) that the African nations are still hugely “overpopulated” and are out-birthing us on a massive scale. But the reality is that human fertility is dropping across the board. It’s a global phenomenon. And fertility rates are on the rise nowhere on earth. The whole world is turning blue.

It is certainly true that in countries where people are the most highly educated, technologically advanced and ready to create the Jetsons world we’ve already had 40 years of lowest-low fertility rates. Somewhere between 2.0 and 1.2 children per woman. And in our advanced, highly educated, wealthy portion of the world the abortion rate (percentage of pregnancies that end in abortions) has been around 1/3 for at least a decade. Not only are we contracepting ourselves into extinction, we’re killing the ones that do make it through.

That means in the countries where the innovators are making all the fun shiny toys in the Jetsons video, there are fewer and fewer of us all the time, and as a consequence, our economies are slowing down. There are fewer working-age people supporting more and more and longer-lived older, unproductive people. There’s a good reason – and it has nothing to do with “compassion for the terminally ill,” that these same countries are now going for various forms of legalised passive and active euthanasia.

(In the western world it is perhaps notable that it is the formerly Catholic nations like Italy and Spain have have been contending for the lowest fertility rates. This fluctuates, but though Italy’s abortion rate is still quite low, in Quebec, once described as the most Catholic nation on earth, the abortion rate for French-speaking people has been as high as 45%… That is, if you were conceived by francophone parents in urban Quebec, you would have about a 55% chance of surviving to birth. Consider for a moment what that means. An infant death rate like that would put urban Quebecois, affluent and highly educated, on a level with the 19th century London working class during a cholera epidemic. Except that in the case of contemporary Quebec it’s being done on purpose and being paid for by the state.)

As our friend Elon Musk said above, the One Child Policy in China has already caused massive demographic problems. The inverted pyramid isn’t a theory in China. Remember a few years ago when western economists were all talking about the ‘sleeping giant’ of China? That giant is busy dying in his sleep, and isn’t going to wake up.

 

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8 thoughts on “We’re not going to be the Jetsons.”

  1. Mar Thoma Athanasius says:

    We are living through the spiritual chastisement, the Great Apostasy. As soon as one comes to the knowledge of this truth they will no longer be the same

  2. Michael Dowd says:

    Elon is right. How out-of-it is the hapless Pope Francis with his non-nonsensical sustainable environment ideas! He should be pounding the table for people to have more kids. To me the biggest evidence for loss of faith in God and the future is the failure to have lots of kids. People are selling God and the world short.

    And speaking of selling short. At some point well before the world descends into it’s final tipping point population spiral of death, the stock markets of the world will discount this event. So added to all the other attendant woes will be a massive depression. How about that Pope Francis. Get your attention? Didn’t think so.

  3. AM says:

    One thing for sure they won’t be listening to Beethoven.

  4. Hilary White says:

    Andrew

    Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

  5. bosco49 says:

    “In the Year 2525” Zager and Evans (1969)

    “In the year 2525, if man is still alive If woman can survive, they may find…” “If”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic

  6. entirelyuseless says:

    I will comment on the accuracy of this in 2050.

  7. TF says:

    They’ve been selling that stuff for at least a century, and things just keep getting worse and worse. Does anyone actually believe these false promises anymore? Looks like a nightmare even if it could happen. What might be deliverable is an imaginary world completely devoid of the true God projected directly into one’s senses (cf. Google). No need to actually build all those flying cars and things that way. All will worship the A.I. god (Satan) or else.

  8. Andrew Dunn says:

    I for one, don’t want to live in the world of the jetsons. I want to walk 40 minutes from my home to the Divine Liturgy every Sunday (I’m migrating to the Eastern Rite because the Tridentine’s days are numbered and my “conservative” Archbishop will not defend it when the time comes). I want to walk to the Reading terminal Market here in Philadelphia on Saturday morning and buy (with cash) the fruits of the earth from Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s rich farm lands. I want to cut down spruce branches, and pick poisonous red berries so I can help my mother decorate the family house for Christmas. I want to hug and kiss my parents, brother, sister in law and my two nieces on Christmas Day and tell them I love them. If Dubai on steroids is our future then Dear God, please take me and my family tonight and purify us in holy purgatory while the nightmare of freemasonic, Soros-Bergoglio “church” comes to fruition.

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