Yeah, infertility and apostasy are highly correlated.
Not infertility and apostasy, but choosing not to have children and apostasy. The correlation is there, and it's mirrored by the collapses of many a civilization. One of the leading indicators of collapse is when the birth rate drops, as it shows a lack of confidence in that civilization to provide for a future for children.
Also to me,As corporations have strict maternity leave, as man hours have been converted into production hours, and less than 10% of American households financially choose to have a single-income while one parent raises the kids; it's getting harder for us to think of having children in this populous world. And that’s not mentioning how much I’d have to pay on medical insurance. Yep, I think God will have to wait.
Aaron, thanks for the visit. It's interesting to note that one of the factors that appears to lead to lower fecundity IS the weight of work and other obligations. I remember being struck when reading "Rascal" (Sterling North) about how the author's dad could simply take off a month when he wanted to. That's not so prevalent these days.
Bert, I'm not sure how "common" that EVER was. When I think back to the professions of my father, my grandfathers, etc., it wouldn't have been possible. Granted, all three of them were independent businessmen/tradesmen (for at least a significant chunk of their lives), which meant that theoretically they could take time off whenever they wanted to -- but in all three cases, that would have been incompatible with nutritional needs. ;-)
True, but statistically speaking, we're ending up with less and less free time over the past 60 years or so. Part of it is our own fault for buying new cars, toys, and 3500 square foot homes, but part of it (per Aaron's comments) is also driven by taxes and corporate structures.
True enough, Bert, I agree with your point. I just thought your example was perhaps of an exceptional situation, not a representative one.
The specific situation might have been exceptional--no problem conceding that. On the other hand, the "gone fishing" sign seen in many a shop in earlier days is a strong part of our national memory. Bummer that it's gone.
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