Demographic Winter – the decline of the human family

One of the most ominous dramas of modern times is quietly unfolding. Below replacement fertility rates in many countries and the decline of the natural family are leading us to a demographic “tipping point” . . . . How do we value children in today’s world? Do we value children as a blessing or as a burden? Has society been so indoctrinated with the idea that the world is over populated, that we are now willing to sacrifice children and a proven economic model that is essential for the growth and economic prosperity of every nation? . . . it tells of the decline of the family and how below-replacement fertility has negatively affected the global economy. Today, most of the world is experiencing a birth dearth – for it takes 2.1 children to replace the previous generation and all of Europe is only at 1.36.

History has shown that as a country’s population declines so does a country’s economic future. The findings of the many scholars that we interviewed show that a country’s economic future is tied closely to its demographic makeup and that as population increases, so does the stock of human ingenuity. . . .

Why is this important that a country understands something about demographics? Because as they understand the role that demographics play as a great predictor of a country’s fate and future, they will come to realize that children are essential for a country’s economic survival. Countries like Russia, which are aborting more children than are being born, and countries like China, which has the One-Child policy and through selective abortions and infanticide killings has now left over a 100 million men that will not be able to get married because there are not enough women to go around, will come to realize that if they want economic prosperity, they need to re-examine their population control policies and programs.

So, if we want to save millions of children each year who are the innocent victims of abortion, social decay, civil unrest and economic strife, then we need to educate policy makers on the messages that are contained in these two important documentaries.


About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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