Destroying Children Will Destroy Us

Several sobering pieces in the past couple of weeks:

  • The distorting of the human sex ratio ~ Even a rational optimist is pessimistic about some things. Here’s one: the gradual distortion of the human sex ratio by sex-selective abortion. A new essay by the demographer Nicholas Eberstadt concludes that “the practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their very population structures.” He finds “ample room for cautious pessimism” in the fact that this phenomenon is still very much on the increase.
  • Bulgaria: Another Demographic Timebomb ~ In the midst of continuing gloom throughout the Eurozone, there is more bad news from one of the most recent additions to the EU, Bulgaria.  According to the Sofia News Agency, the demographic and economic slump that is gripping the country may affect the retirement prospects of many working age Bulgarians.  We reported last year on the publication of the most recent Bulgarian census showed that the country’s population had declined by 7% over the past decade.  A more detailed breakdown of the demographic figures by the United Nations shows that the average annual rate of population change is -0.6%, that the crude death rate (deaths per 1,000 population) is 15 and is higher than the crude birth rate of 10 per 1,000 population and finally that the total fertility rate is well below replacement level at 1.5 children per woman.  Compounding this bleak picture is that one-third of all pregnancies in Bulgaria are aborted.
  • How divorce ruins children’s lives ~ A new study on divorce, looking at the complete spectrum of research on the subject, confirms what most people already know – even if they are not willing to admit it: divorce causes “irreparable harm” to the whole family, but  particularly to the children…. In short, if a society wanted to reduce children’s chances of living a happy and fulfilled it could find few better ways to do it than by promoting divorce. Why then do so many “advanced economies” allow easy divorce?

One thought on “Destroying Children Will Destroy Us

  1. Thank you for this article. Divorce is treated so casually now days just because it is survivable. I read all 48 pages and this study is spot on! I also read this online about another study: “George Barna, who directed the study, noted that Americans have grown comfortable with divorce as a natural part of life.

    “There no longer seems to be much of a stigma attached to divorce; it is now seen as an unavoidable rite of passage,” the researcher indicated. “Interviews with young adults suggest that they want their initial marriage to last, but are not particularly optimistic about that possibility. There is also evidence that many young people are moving toward embracing the idea of serial marriage, in which a person gets married two or three times, seeking a different partner for each phase of their adult life.”
    Divorce is a plague. Let’s at least send a message to children that this is a tragedy and they don’t have to repeat it. They can break the cycle.
    Matthew West has a very insightful song called “Two Houses”.

    I don’t want to disrespect parents or hurt anyone’s feelings, but I am done quietly watching this plague spread. I know I’m not the only one. Strange how you scarcely hear about the effects on children when so many have been effected.


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