Somehow there is a lot to complain about these days: it starts with the German weather and ends with Americans who don’t appreciate a health reform. In between there is the poverty in India and the exploitation of children as labor force, the phony afghan election and French politician who travel to Thailand to buy sex etc.
It’s really tough and all these topics arouse my curiosity and make me mad at a certain point, but my favorite one is the anxiety of western governments to die out.
Many European countries have a fertility rate of 1.3 way under the replacement rate. They face the same issue: their population becomes older and decreases. Why are women not so eager anymore to become little baby pop-out machines?
A lot of it has to do with a higher and more expensive life standard and women who find their self fulfillment in their career and not in front of the oven.
Having children today is an expense most people don’t want to shoulder. Not just clothes and education play a big role, but also nannies, hobbies and the time factor. It’s hard to be a good parent and accomplish work at the same time.
Corinne Maier author of ‘40 good reasons not to have children’ luckily shares my point of view. Children are hard work and most times you will get judged from the outside how you perform as a mum or dad.
I refuse to give up on a career just to become fertile and make the German state happy. I rather be honest and don’t follow the expected path, than having some kids without wanting them.
Also third world countries follow this trend. Best example is Iran. In 20 years the fertility rate decreased from 7 to 1.5 per family. Asian countries as well as Africans follow.While human progress, they become richer and less fertile.
1798 Thomas Malthus was already afraid that population growth will cause a resource depletion. Not just food will become scarce also the average CO2 production will cause global warming, with consequences like mass migration, water shortages etc. All in all you don’t do any good by popping out more children.