Monday, April 12, 2010
Be Fruitful and Multiply and Replenish the Earth
I was listening to Michael Savage today, and he was talking about the current birth rate in the United States. He said it is about 1.6 per family. He questioned what is to become of our country, as well as most of the European countries that have the same problem. Then he brought up China, and said that China will have (or already does have) 30 million single men. What is to become of them? I know they have questioned who will take care of the aging generation.
Michael asked the listeners to call in and tell him why they think people in the United States aren't getting married and having children. One caller called in and gave his opinion, and I can't get it out of my head. He said that he and a Muslim friend were discussing this issue, and they both agreed that the problem is that our culture glorifies the "hot sexy wild" woman. But men don't want that kind of woman to be the mother of their children. Basically, our culture has shot itself in the foot. We have over glorified sex, and lost the "mother" component. In addition, because women are taught to be sexy and promiscuous, men don't have to mate up. They can have sex without the commitment.
I have to say that I also think that there is a lot of selfishness among many people today. They don't want to sacrifice their lives to raise a child. And men don't want to have to support a wife and children with their hard earned money. In LDS scripture, we read this prophesy about the latter days: "And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound." (Doctrine and Covenants 45:27) I think in some cases, this has already come to pass. People are losing role models that teach them how to love a spouse and children.
Another point, that I brought up in my talk on Sunday, is that because so many parents both work outside the home, children are not having modeled for them how to parent. I grew up in a home where I saw my mother breastfeeding. I saw her discipline. I saw her nurture her children. But many children today are missing out on those role models, so a missing link occurs.
I have to also blame science. People have been so indoctrinated to believe that we have overpopulated the earth, that they have completely shut down procreation. And now science is bashing religion. With religion being the only voice that still tells people to "multiply and replenish the earth", if it is silenced, birth rates will decrease even more.
I feel sorry for those who will not enjoy the love and unity of a family because they chose another path. I feel sorry for those men in China who may not find wives. I fear for the future of the family in our world.