In the West fertility is below replacement for almost all groups or 'peoples'.
Although fertility is higher for the more-religious than the less- or un-religious; fertility is below replacement levels in all peoples except for devout Mormons and the self-isolated groups such as ultra-Orthodox Jews and Amish.
Chosen sterility in a people (I will use sterility as shorthand for below replacement fertility) is an unambiguous sign of evil in that people; because it derives from selfishness, short-termism, denial of human community (denial that one is part of a people), nihilism (denial that reality is real) and a turning away from the divine.
(Note: chosen sterility in an individual person is not an evil, however, but may instead be the highest good; when this is a consequence of that person's vocation within their people and in relation to the divine.)
Over a timescale of not-many generations, willed (chosen) low fertility has been destroying itself.
And over a timescale of half-decades, the evil of which low fertility is an indicator is currently killing itself by uncontrolled, unlimited, open-ended and denied mass migration/ immigration.
So what will replace it?
Two types of people:
1. The deliberate high fertility of the traditionally and devoutly religious (of various religions).
2. And the accidental high fertility of the less-intelligent and feckless.
These demographic trends are happening very fast indeed, visibly for those with eyes to see, and at a global scale.
The metaphysical lessons are maybe something like the following:
1. Any religion which leads to high chosen fertility is more-true than any ideology (or religion) that leads to chosen sterility.
Above replacement fertility is necessary but not sufficient for any religion with validity.
2. It is better for humans to be unintelligent and chaotic than for them to suppress their fertility.
In a teleological sense, it seems that if a people misuse their intelligence and conscientiousness and choose sub-replacement fertility then they will be replaced by groups with higher fertility - any group with higher fertility.
And the low fertility peoples will find themselves helpless to stop this from happening, because the low fertility is evidence of their state of evil - their atomism, their short-termist hedonism, their preference for abstraction and distraction over experience and common sense.
Evil is self destroying because evil is destruction of the Good; our society is evil because it hates the Good; and our society is will-fully (applying intelligence and working hard at the job) destroying itself.
The West is not being destroyed by God, and could be saved if it repented and asked God for help; but the West will not ask God, and God will not (it seems) intervene without being asked.
When - as a people - we are turned away from God and in service to evil, God will just let our people have what we want, and it will kill us.
Because we are sinful men, and what we want will kill us if we get it.
(An illustration: the West denies that it is a people; and assert that we are instead a collection of detached individuals. Our punishment? That this assertion becomes reality, and as a people we perish, and exist in the alienation and existential loneliness of love-rejecting and un-loving individuals.)
The unrealism of our people is so abhorrent to God (so detached from reality) that the universe would prefer that we were replaced by the adherent of any other fertile people - whether from any fertile religion, or even by other humans who are simply too unintelligent and too chaotic in their lives to be able to control their own fertility.
We are that bad.
If we stubbornly refuse to stop ourselves, we - as a people - will have to be stopped; and we will be stopped.
Religious conservatives have not been permanently defeated, even in the West.
White Western civilization on the other hand may indeed be on the road to permanent destruction.
Six children and counting. And plenty of fertile years left for my wife and I. I’m doing my best.
The thing about Western civilization that I've come to realize is that it isn't really ours to save. Of course, we should try to preserve the good things in it, but ultimately, if white Westerners don't really want there to be such a thing, in the future there may not be such a thing.
Otto Weininger's view was that an interest in perpetuating the species was indicative of a lack of eternal perspective or real belief in personal immortality. Keeping the race alive becomes all-important only when death is viewed as the end.
Obviously this has limited applicability to the current situation in the West, where the problem is obviously not that people are too religious and otherworldly to be bothered to reproduce! But I still find it a thought-provoking point. Why exactly does it follow from the Christian premise that biological reproduction is important? (It's clear enough why it should be important to an atheist.)
@WmJas - It isn't anything specifically to do with Christianity, as I think I said - it is natural law/ general revelation/ built-in common sense of natural Man. Something everyone is born knowing. It follows from knowing oneself to be part of 'a people'. Modernity/ Leftism has expended and continues to expend vast effort in uninstalling this. Why? Personal purposive evil at work.
@WmJas - Actually, what I am saying is that any self-styled-Christian 'people' (denomination) which in practice leads to *chosen* sterility, is not merely revealed to be truly not-Christian (this is one way we can know them not to be Christian) but is actually inferior to a fertile religion that is explicitly not Christian.
NOTE: This stricture does not apply to specific individuals (real Christians can be found in many denominations and in no denomination), but to the denominations considered as 'a people'.
There is that old saying that 'fire purifies'. Maybe western Christianity and western civilization are simply due for a purification. There may not be too many Christians, or Europeans, left at the end of it, but they will be genuine. People like Matthew Fox won't survive the great purge.
@Bruce the commenter: Congratulations, and keep up the good work.
@BGC: Are you familiar with John Lennox, Dr. Charlton? I was quite impressed by him during his debate with Hitchens. Anything by him that you could recommend?
I agree and think you raise a great point, but how does overpopulation factor into this? At some point we can either chose to curtail or reverse growth as necessary or nature will do it for us.
What if the responsible chose to slow while the feckless continue?
@GG - Overpopulation is being discussed in completely the wrong way. We think of it top-down, but it ought to be thought of bottom-up.
Thinking top-down (number of people in the world, what that number should be etc) leads inevitably to evil plans to treat people as data.
Also, so far, all these plans have backfired - and half a century of 'concern' about overpopulation has led to several billion more population.
The harsh fact is that humans naturally reproduce well above replacement levels, and overpopulation is controlled by mortality - especially disease and starvation.
Yet when humans are given the technology to limit reproduction, then (except for Mormons) they stop reproducing (more or less).
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