Wednesday, January 17, 2007

That's true... and one of the villains is ...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Solution to The Birth Dearth ???":

The Louise Brown solution is not part of the solution to the Birth Dearth, and here's why: "test tube" fertilization is only useful for women who can't have children. The vast majority of child-bearing age women are fertile and should have no need to avail themselves of this technology. The reason why fertility rates are plummeting has a lot to do with the fact that more and more women simply do not want children, or are delaying their first pregnancies until much later in life and are having fewer children as a result.

As for baby farming, well, it certainly would be a way to create large numbers of babies, but who would raise them? The state? That's a prescription for disaster, not a solution. People have to not only want to have children, but they have to have the desire to raise them, to keep societies around the globe from "going out of business."

Baby farming and test tube babies are only a solution for Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World." I don't think we're anywhere near that point, nor would we want that to be our "solution."

Ben's comment:

That's true... and one of the villains is ... TELEVISION.

There is hardly a spot on earth where most people do not have access to television (often in a communal setting.) IIHTB (It It Is Hard To Believe) but given a choice between sex and/or reproduction --- or other entertainment --- many people choose other entertainment.

Actually, not so hard to believe. You don't have to educate, clothe, feed and house a television.

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