When Hope For The Future Dies
While resource depletion, climate change, political instability and economic inequality are all top subjects when we discuss the causes of the coming collapse of our current global civilization, there is one cause that is often not mentioned because of its sensitive nature, and that is "Over Population".
In 2017 the World population stood at 7.6 Billion people. By 2050 that figure is expected to grow to 10 Billion.
Those two numbers though, mask a wide diversity of trends. Some countries are shrinking in their populations, while others are rapidly expanding. While the global average birth rate is 2.5 births per woman, in Europe it is 1.6 births per woman but for Africa it is 4.7.
One of the major drives of this difference is the access to birth control.
In developed countries, birth control is usually easy to access for women. The higher economic situation (aka people make more money on average), combined with a more progressive attitude of the citizens towards the use of birth control, allows both single and married women to obtain either birth control pills or condoms with little trouble. While countries who have a majority of citizens of a religion which frowns on birth control, often make restrictions on their access, women in developed countries like Europe and the United States can still access birth control.
For countries in areas like Africa, which are poor and whose economic situation is still under developed, access to birth control can be limited or non-existent.
Often it is out of country entities, which further limit the local woman's population to access to birth control. Either religious organizations like the Catholic Church, which has a moral objection to preventing conception, or political or charitable organizations, like many United States sponsored NGOs, which during times where more conservative political parties are in power, and prevent those NGOs from discussing, educating or provide birth control material, can limit or make access nearly impossible except on the prohibitive black market.
Personally I find it hypocritical for religious and political organizations with religious agendas to be opposed to basic birth control and family planning.
(Lets leave aside the hot topic of abortions for now.)
One of the major factors to the expanding opportunity for women in Third World countries is the access to birth control. The ability for a woman to plan her pregnancies and decide when she wants to have children can not only influence that woman's entire life in a positive way but also is of utmost importance on how well her children grow and become productive members of her community. And not just Third World countries. Larger and larger areas of the United States have no local medical facilities which offer birth control or family planning.
No one, who calls themselves moral, wants to see innocent children born into poverty and squalor.
Maybe it time we dial back the emotions and rhetoric, find common ground and agree that unlike the God so many people profess to worship, WE are not all knowing and can be fallible. Moral lessons are best taught by example.
There is a third situation where birth control is limited, which is beginning to appear. Countries who were developed economically but now are in heavy decline. A good example is Venezuela. This Central American country should be a prosperous member of the First World community since it is recognized as having one of the largest oil reserves in the World. Yet decades of political instability, rampant corruption and crony capitalism has pushed this promising country over the sharp edge of the cliff into early Collapse.
CARACAS, Venezuela — In crisis-hit Venezuela, where raising a family is an increasingly grueling and expensive task, a growing number of young women are choosing to be sterilized.
With inflation spiraling out of control, food and medicine supplies dwindling and violent crimes on the rise, women as young as 27 are seeking out surgeons to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
A study by PLAFAM, the biggest family planning clinic in the country, estimates that about 23 percent more Venezuelan women are being sterilized today as compared to four years ago, said the clinic’s director, Enrique Abache. “The financial crisis is one of the main causes for this,” he explained.
Years of government mismanagement have fueled what is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis in a country where infant mortality has almost doubled in recent years. A study of nearly 1,500 adults last year by a group of academic and social-service groups found that 87 percent of them lacked enough money to buy the food they needed.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to make,” said a recently sterilized mother of two, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the personal nature of the topic. “It was the most feasible option … because of the country’s financial situation.”
One of the depressing features of the Coming Collapse of our modern civilization will be people giving up their Hope.
You can see it in the links above as Mothers give up on having children.
You can see it in the faces of the victims of this Nation's opioid crisis.
You can see it in the tales of those who have dropped out of the economy and have abandoned the American Dream.
Can Green Wizardry offer Hope?
I'm not sure, but I will promise you will always have a seat at our fire, a bowl of Stone Soup from our pot and sometimes, a story or two to make you smile. Perhaps as we sit against a log and watch sparks rise like fireflies, we will find something together in the Fading Light which will sustain us until the Coming Dawn...