Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Bust, Baby Boom

Father John Flynn, LC, reports on a country with a "rapidly aging population" and a "gender imbalance caused by the preference for sons" resulting in "34 million 'extra' men" — China's Population Problems. "When it comes to China’s population the emphasis is usually on the large size, but the recent census revealed that, in fact, the problem may well be the reverse, namely that population growth is too slow," the good father writes. "China might grow old before it gets rich."

In contrast, that "Nigeria could have 725 million people by 2100" is heralded by Chinwuba Iyizoba as "great news and a great opportunity" — Where an ageing population is not a problem. "Western media are shrilly calling for Nigeria to put a check on her population growth," the author notes. "No way, sorry. We Nigerians are rejoicing. Africans love children."

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10 Comments:

Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The future belongs to those who are there to enjoy it. When people embrace, life, their culture and way of life has a future. When people embrace avoidance of life and embrace of death, the culture is finished.

11:44 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Well said.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

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6:39 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I like the author's attitude. I'd bet Igboland could pull it off.

9:07 PM  
Blogger laBiscuitnapper said...

This'll sound weird, but in some ways having a corrupt ruling class helps. For example, abortion is seen as the terrible choice that it is because of the fact that it's often forced upon young women who are the mistresses of rich, corrupt officials. Due to the current state of the healthcare service, you can imagine how many survive wholly unscathed. Having children, even out of wedlock, is still considered a blessing and I would say Nigerian society - for all its faults - is remarkably flexible for women who choose to get married and have babies when they're young.

We also love our old people, even the most modernised, western of us Diasporans (who have no real manners, or so says many an Aunt). Try mentioning euthanasia to even the most secular Nigerian and then be prepared to duck. Respect for the very old and love for the very young go hand in hand.

1:38 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Well said, sir. I loved this line: "Try mentioning euthanasia to even the most secular Nigerian and then be prepared to duck."

And right you are about this "Respect for the very old and love for the very young go hand in hand." Sadly, I've seen both plummet in recent years here in post-Confucian Korea.

I'm happy to see that Mr. Iyizoba's article has been reprinted by several outlets.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

I think that many Conservative Catholics are emotionally attached to having as many kids as you can partly because the clergy knows quite well that larger families provide more vocations, and partly because birth control and mini-families do in some way go against the natural order of things.

The facts remain, however, that another part of the natural order of things were wars whenever population pressures became crushing, and that while this author may be correct that Nigeria could stand a 6 fold increase in its population, a 36-fold increase, a 216-fold increase, not to mention a 1296-fold increase (to 226 billion inhabitants) are not in the cards for Nigeria.

I don't understand why proponents of large families can't plead their cause without denying the obvious, and without denying that their choices are unworkable and destructive if generally adopted.

I also think that religious leaders who impose very strict rules on what their devotees may and may not do with their genitals, all while ignoring systemic and criminal crimes against the young by their employees, crimes which were not addressed by these religious leaders but because of the pressure of the victims, have credibility problems.

10:07 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

You're right, of course, but the idea of 725 million (or better yet, 226 billion) cheerful Nigerians staring down at sniveling Eurotrash misanthropic killjoys is just too much damn fun.

11:49 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Francis Xavier writes : "I don't understand why proponents of large families can't plead their cause without denying the obvious, and without denying that their choices are unworkable and destructive if generally adopted."

First, because it's not generally adopted, and so for them its a means for repopulating the earth with like minded Catholics.

Secondly, because they don't see that they are also a product of modernist society which has rejected the natural. They are simply another variant of the unnatural.

Most of them have more in common socially and culturally with some kind of log cabin in the wilderness protestantism than they do with Catholicism.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

If myriads of Eurotrash misanthropic killjoys fled to Nigeria each week, complaining that it was humane to expect them to live with their own kind, rather than the converse, I'd agree with you.

1:17 AM  

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