Will, in reply to a comment I left on this post, wrote:
The more highly educated and professional, the less and less marriages and therefore birthrate; in other words, the birthrate of the West will continue to drop… And insofar as we see these trends happening not only in ‘the world’ but also in the Church (because we see women in our own church circles delaying marrying and having kids in favour of education and career; I certainly do in my church circles, alas), it will not be well for us, either… IOW, things are going to get worse, overall.
Perhaps I think of things to simply, but here’s how I simplify our current predicament. Liberals* cannot admit that their “think of the children” policies subsidize and thus encourage dysfunction, for example single motherhood. So rather than stop the subsidies, they fall back on the education shibboleth. Ergo, the prescription becomes “convince junior high and high school kids that children will destroy their future.” The only group that internalizes the message are the smart kids with a future time orientation, the kids who were unlikely to pump out bastards to begin with. The subsidies continue for the proles; the smart kids stay focused on the future. The smart kids get to college and no one bothers to tell them that kids won’t destroy their lives. They focus on their careers. The proles continue to breed.
The argument takes many forms. “I’m waiting on marriage and kids because I want to establish myself/establish my career/travel/etc.”
No one has ever been able to explain to me why post-Boomer generations cannot accomplish anything after becoming parents. Anecdotally, though I have less time for frivolity, my kids drive me to achieve more. If nothing else, they’re damn expensive and I need more cash to live because of their presence.
Beyond that, it’s not just the solipsism of liberals and liberalism, it’s that it’s illogical. Kids don’t stop life, they expand it, literally and metaphorically.
But no one ever bothered to tell the smart kids that. No one told them that only bastards are bastards and that children are children. Thus, in the eyes of many intelligent people, all children became bastards, little impediments to life. The real bastards, on the other hand, have no idea that they are bastards or even who the real bastards are.
*For simplicity sake, I am talking about those who support overt and “compassionate” liberalism, regardless of how they vote or live in aggregate.