Monday, May 02, 2005

The Spiritual Malaise That Haunts Europe

Europe's below-replacement-level birthrates have created situations that would have been unimaginable in the 1950s. As recent demographic studies show, by the middle of the 21st century, 60% of Italians will have no personal experience of a brother, a sister, an aunt, an uncle or a cousin; Germany will lose the equivalent of the population of the former East Germany. Europe is depopulating itself in numbers greater than at any time since the Black Death of the 14th century. When an entire continent, healthier, wealthier and more secure than ever before, fails to create the human future in the most elemental sense — by creating the next generation — something serious is afoot. Demographic vacuums don't stay vacuums; they get filled — in Europe's case, by Islamic immigrants. Europe's effort to create a tolerant, civil, democratic civilization by cutting itself off from one of that civilization's sources — Jewish and Christian convictions about the dignity of the person — is likely to fail. If Europe rejects what Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday called its "unrenounceable Christian roots," the results are likely to be grim for those committed to decency, human rights and democracy.


At May 02, 2005 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care what the problem is, immigration from parts south and east is not the solution for Europe.

At May 03, 2005 10:39 AM, Blogger Mike said...

My question is, How did this ever get run in the LA Times?

So much of America's moonbat left looks to Europe as its shining example. Here we have one of the left's key newspapers undermining that example.

At May 03, 2005 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

> I don't care what the problem
> is, immigration from parts south
> and east is not the solution for
> Europe.

Well, perhaps you should care what the problem is, because the key to stopping the immigration from south and east lies precisely there. It's easy enough to say «let the population shrink, just keep the borders closed». But a shrinking population eventuelly won't even have the resources to patrol its own borders. If the loss of christianity makes people have fewer children, then even an atheist who cares about his civilization should encourage and applaud christian awakening.

At May 05, 2005 3:21 AM, Blogger Rational Islamophobe said...

anonymous 1: You are exactly right. Immigration from those areas is NOT the solution, and can never be.

The solution is to personally have children, if you are able to and feel strongly about these issues.

The contraceptive pill is a very temporary thing. There have only been a scant 1.5 generations to select against those who want sex but not children.

As those genes and culture for those traits do not remain in the gene pool, we will pick up with a vengeance.

So, if you are at all able, find a way to have children and start girding yourself for the coming war. The more children and like-minded relatives you have, the less personally you have to lose and the stronger you stand.


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