The Children of Men
The Bear realizes this looks long. He believes it to be entertaining (of course), and thinks it will articulate what many feel about Pope Francis, in the context of a single issue. It is very Bearish, so the delicate are forewarned.
It's Just Math
It it fatalistic beyond even care. It's like the planet "Melancholia," from the Lars von Trier 2011 movie of the same name. A giant planet whose orbit takes it inexorably to Earth, which it will slurp up without so much as a pause. It's just math: orbits and mass.
It's the same with families. Chesterton was only making an example, but the Bear cannot help but think of this from Orthodoxy: "[O]ne generation could prevent the very existence of the next generation, by all entering a monastery or jumping into the sea..." Or, more realistically, simply avoiding the conception of children. Demographics are just numbers. If the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) in an industrialized country falls below 2.1 children per woman, then that country is at risk of dying. No country has been known to come back from a TFR of 1.80. Europe is dying. The math is as unforgiving as the approach of Melancholia.
According to the CDC, American women will give birth to an average of 1.88 children in their lifetimes. Remember, it takes 2.1 births per woman to survive, and 1.80 is the point of no return. America, along with every other Western nation, most of whom are in even worse shape, is dying. It's the biggest untold story in history.
- Poland - 1.33
- Japan - 1.4
- Greece - 1.42
- Italy - 1.43
- Germany - 1.44
Industrialized countries are not even close to a TFR of 2.1. They're dying, due to putting off motherhood, divorce, abortion and contraception. It's just math. Look at Catholic Poland, who gave us Pope St. John Paul II. How can this be? It has one of the lowest TFRs in the world. Economic factors are blamed, and paid parental leave programs such as Sweden is using to increase its TFR are being implemented. But even Sweden only has a TFR of 1.88 -- the same miserable performance as the U.S. and far below the necessary 2.1.
On the other hand, look at the counties with the highest TFRs.
- Niger - 6.76
- Burundi - 6.09
- Mali - 6.06
- Uganda - 5.89
- Afghanistan - 5.33
Although their replacement rates are somewhat higher (higher infant mortality) these countries (and many similar) are all growing. No wonder the U.N. is so desperate to get contraceptives distributed in Africa.
In 1960, in the U.S., there were 116 births per thousand women. In 2012, it was 63 births per thousand women. Do you see why, despite all the frustration and problems easy immigration causes, it is appealing to our leaders? Since we are not producing enough children, the logical, but unspoken, solution is to literally give countries away to foreigners in return for keeping the lights on. And when the childless woman is in the nursing home, it will be an immigrant who is there to take care of her.
Note: who happens to be in favor of immigration without limits? In the birth vs. immigration debate, Pope Francis is firmly on the immigration side.
The Pope and His Most Incredibly Screwed-Up Country
|"Have another Milk Bone, Pope."|
You are, for all intents and purposes, both anti-supernatural and wrong-headed about the way the world works. You are a dabbler. The Bear's Yorkie Buster would be a better pope. Yes, he would bark at everyone during audiences, but he wouldn't screw around with the faith. And he would bite Ban Ki-Moon on the ass, grab the Milk Bone and run away laughing maniacally.
Now the Bear doesn't know about you, but that's Bear's kind of pope. Take a hike, godless, one-world, anti-people U.N.
|Eva Peron -- post-mortem adventuress.|
Did you know you are only the second-most-famous Argentinian to, er, spend time in Italy? For awhile, the incessantly traveling embalmed corpse of Eva Peron was buried in Milan under an assumed name. When Juan Peron, who was in exile in Spain, got her body back, he did what any normal former head of state would do and kept her on his dining room table, where his third wife, Isabel, would brush and arrange her hair everyday. And that just touches the surface of 20 years of curious deaths and unmentionable weirdness that accompanied Evita's famous traveling corpse.
(Evita worshiped, or pretended to worship, the descamisados, the poor. Sound familiar?)
You see, this kind of weirdness could only happen in Argentina. But the point our provincial pope misses is that the rest of the world isn't Argentina. He's trying to play a Western tune, but it always ends up sounding like a tango.
|Pope with sign calling for negotiations for transfer of the|
Malvinas (Falklands). Vatican said Francis did not know
what he had been handed. (Like the fracking shirt.)
Indeed, Britain lost two destroyers and two frigates, while Argentina lost a sub and a cruiser.
But Pink Floyd's "Get Your Filthy Hands of My Desert" from The Final Cut sums it up:
Brezhnev took Afghanistan,
Begin took Beirut,
Galtieri took the Union Jack.
And Maggie, over lunch one day,
Took a cruiser with all hands,
Apparently, to make him give it back.
Ouch. Nuclear submarine. How could you not see that coming? Literally, a lack of effective anti-submarine warfare assets is the answer, but the larger point is Argentina knew with mathematical certainty that a First World weapon would eventually show up against which the pride of its fleet, the ARA General Belgrano -- former U.S.S. Phoenix, which saw action in WWII -- would be completely helpless.
Indeed, the old girl survived the Japanese in the Pacific only to be sunk by a British nuclear sub nearly forty years later in the Atlantic. Sadly, 323 souls were lost. And that's the Falklands War in a nutshell. And Argentina, too: melancholy, sentimental, with no clue of how to make anything work.
Brazil designed and manufactures wonderful airliners, the Embraer E-Jets, affectionately called "Jungle Jets." They make up a large part of the U.S. carrier Jet Blue's fleet, and are used by American and other airlines.
Argentina exports bamboo.
The Bear thinks Catholics know this by now, though. Argentina "ain't right," as some of the Bear's neighbors would say. It's the guy on the world's corner dressed in a tattered Abraham Lincoln outfit with medals pinned to the breast of his frock coat, passing out crackpot political fliers in return for donations.
Why Pope Francis Hates Babies
Here's the problem, plain and simple.
In the West, we love things more than children.
The Bear will say it again. In the West, we love things more than children.
We should be corrected in this attitude. The Bear does not intend to insult anyone. Each couple must make its own decisions. But the Bear is talking the big picture here.
If it's a demographic contest, Muslims win. Globally, Muslims have the highest TFR in the world at 3.1, well above replacement rate. Strangely, once they get to the U.S. the Children of Men (2006 film where all women mysteriously become infertile) curse brings them down to 2.0. Does that suggest something fundamentally wrong with American culture?
Muslims deserve to win. They have an instinct to preserve and advance what they value. They don't say, "Oh, we don't have enough money for a large family!" Nope. Outside the U.S. they have enough kids to spare a couple for suicide bombers, while one becomes a medical doctor in America. How many Catholics can spare even one boy for a priest? The Bear's parish in its entire history has never produced a single priest. What's the matter sunshine, you haven't made the connection between teensy Catholic families and the vocations crisis?
The Pope constantly talks about every subject imaginable, so long as it has nothing to do with sound Catholic faith, or expresses a sensible idea. The last three books Jorge Bergoglio read were 1968's Population Bomb by Paul Erlich, and 1962's Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, and, of course, Das Kapital.
Well, there's also The Big Coffee Table Picture Book of Eva Peron, 1952-1976, but it's just pictures.
Pope Francis likes one baby for a cute photo-op, but the thought of hundreds of millions of them spewing forth from the fertile loins of rabbiting Catholic couples gives him nightmares.
All eco-leftists -- and Pope Francis is an eco-leftist -- hate babies. They hate people. People are the problem, with their carbon footprints and pollution. Jesus valued people. He said: "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2 RSV).
All eco-leftists dream of a pristine world without a single human being. They believe that in their infernal father's house are many rooms, and all of them are empty. If that is not practical Satanism, the Bear does not know what is.
Even the Bear would miss people.