Despite Europe’s wonderful heritage, the continent is losing faith in itself, and birth rates have collapsed
Sobering statistics and commentary from the Irish Times. But at least the fact that a piece like this is published at all gives hope that the mainstream is starting to wake up to the magnitude of the crisis!
What greater sign could there be that our civilisation is dying than the fact that the majority of Europeans have insufficient zest in life to replace themselves? Civilisation can struggle on even in difficult circumstances, but it can hardly survive without people…
European civilisation has given the world many cherished values, freedoms and institutions, including the classical legacy of Greece and Rome; the rule of law; separation of church and state; modern science; individual freedom; a fabulous heritage of music, painting, sculpture and architecture; and more.
But despite this wonderful heritage, Europe is losing faith in itself, and birth rates have collapsed…
Some people comfort themselves with the thought that Europe can overcome its demographic problems through the large-scale absorption of immigrants. This is a naive attitude. When birth rates fall to about 1.5, even large scale immigration will not hold the population steady over time. Also, European values are not universal and there is no necessary reason to expect that other civilisations will adopt these values simply because they come to Europe to partake of the technical and commercial fruits of western civilisation.
Apart from the social pressures that depress birth rates, our civilisation is also under internal assault from postmodern intellectual elites and their acolytes in the mass media, who enthusiastically embrace moral and cultural relativism, multiculturalism and political correctness and attack our values and weaken our will. We must repulse these attacks, regain our confidence and boost birth rates back up to replacement rates.
Studies have shown that people who have little hope for the future choose not to reproduce. Unfortunately, that results in a shrinking population which, in turn, reduces prospects for the future – a vicious feedback loop that will continue unless or until something happens to jar Europe (and the European diaspora, because the problem is not limited to Europe itself) out of its downward spiral.
I hope that the appearance of an article such as this one in a mainstream Irish publication is an indication that the pendulum is starting to swing back, however tentatively!