Japan is withering and growing old for lack of children. Few are getting married which means that few babies are being born.
The problem is spreading to other countries:
Believe it or not, the West may not be far behind: Decreasing sexual activity has been reported in the U.K., U.S., and Germany, stories on sexless loneliness are starting to emerge… __ https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/lets-talk-about-no-sex-a-closer-look-at-japans-virginity-crisis/
Are Feminists to Blame?
In South Korea, the natural trend to less dating, less sex, less marriage, and fewer babies is being made measurably worse by a raging feminist movement.
A growing number of South Korean women are banding together to reject rigid patriarchal norms and vowing never to wed, have children or even date and have sex.
“I’ve always felt that as a woman there are more disadvantages than advantages to being married,” said Lee, a 40-something professional who lives with her dog near Seoul.
Now she has gone even further, embracing the nation’s radical feminist movement called 4B, from the “four nos”: no dating, no sex, no marriage and no child-rearing.
… A decade ago, almost 47 percent of single and never-married Korean women said they thought marriage was necessary. Last year, that fell to 22.4 percent. The number of couples getting hitched slumped to 257,600 — down from 434,900 in 1996. __ Source
If you have feminism, who needs war, famine, plague, or bloody economic collapse? You’re doomed, either way.
Japan, Korea, and Germany …
These countries have average population IQs among the highest on Earth. If humans are to think and innovate their way out of its current crop of problems, they will need to rely on their most intelligent, creative, and conscientious specimens. If these people die out, the average IQ of human Earth will only decline more quickly.
South Korea’s total fertility rate – the number of children a woman is expected to have in her lifetime – dropped to 0.98 in 2018, far below the 2.1 needed to keep a population stable.
The government predicts the South’s 55 million population will drop to 39 million by 2067, when half the nation will be aged 62 or older. __ https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/til-death-do-i-stay-single-south-koreas-nomarriage-women
The places where birthrates remain very high — sub Saharan Africa, Afghanistan — are places with relatively low average population IQs, low literacy levels, high levels of poverty, high levels of violence, and low levels of productive achievement.
To promote higher levels of disruptive innovation, advanced human societies need to find better ways to bring their young people together with a positive outlook toward their futures. It seems that universities — and most other cultural institutions including the media — are making the problem worse. Women are being set against men, artificial catastrophes are being hyped to create attitudes of pessimism, violent schisms are being created between all conceivable and imagined segments of society, new “oppressed groups” are being invented by the day, and a climate of hysterical outrage is being promoted above all else. Where is the future in all that?
But what gets my goat is that the bright and successful people who owe the most to society — such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, the Google founders, etc. — seem to be oblivious to this potentially existential problem, or are too frightened of transgressing political correctness to commit time or resources to counteract the problem.
What Could Be Done?
In the ancient days, young men and young women became acquainted at church, at work, at school, through family connections, through town & village matchmakers, and by growing up in the same neighborhoods. Today, most of these avenues for making matches in the formative years have fallen away — or been impinged upon by lawsuits, feminist culture warp, or government actions. Mass media and social media have forced themselves between individuals and anyone else in their physical vicinity. Non-productive diversions are the order of the day.
Clearly children in advanced societies are being raised by media, institutions, and popular culture, not their parents. And clearly they are not being given any heft or substance or meaningful perspective on the flow of human existence through time — and their own places within that flow.
That would be the place to start, but even in the absence of a substantive upbringing it would not be that difficult to arrange places and venues for young men and women to meet, or to devise meaningful activities that would allow them to learn and grow together while having fun. Environments that are alcohol-free would provide for more effective and long-lasting connection and bonding.
It would be possible to franchise some forms of these get-together places, perhaps profitably. But even as non-profits, the idea has merit.
At Burning Man, they say “welcome home.” At Rainbow Gathering, they say “welcome home.” But there are potentially thousands of possible places and gatherings where humans of any age could feel at home. Why are people dying of loneliness and lack of fulfillment?
From outside, it seems to be a matter of choice. But if every aspect of a child’s upbringing is lacking in the building of confidence, competence, and sense of personal motivation, purpose, and choice — perhaps the person simply does not know they have a choice. Multiply that one person with a deficient childhood by a factor of tens of millions — in Europe, in the far East, in the Anglosphere, in Russia or Latin America — and the current pathetic state of affairs as displayed by governments, media, academia, NGOs, and other cultural institutions is not so hard to understand.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Make yourselves closely acquainted with the Dangerous world that is evolving.