Friday, October 07, 2016
Stopping the present movement toward human extinction
Both libertarian capitalism and the more ascetic versions of religion have led to the blocking of the human reproductive instinct. The dominance of capitalism and its gradual fall has led to falling birthrates as children have become too expensive to raise and educate. And the celibacy of the seriously religious---the preferred behavior of both Christ and Buddha---also blocked the reproductive drive by theologically undervaluing reproduction. As a result, by 2050 old people are expected be about 20 percent of the population in the West, and small children will be 4 to 7 percent of the population. (statistics from Allan Carlson, Rockford Institute) This points toward human extinction in the West.
The natural direction and purpose of life, teleology, has also been diverted or blocked by feminism which has denied the importance of reproduction, as well as the modern trends of birth control, open love, hyper-individualism, divorce, pornography, gay rights, etc.,etc.. And the movement to replace humans with artificial intelligent machines points toward another dead end for human reproduction.
Social fundamentalist versions of religion, and traditionalism in general, continue to have babies above replacement levels, as well as various forms of nativism, nationalism, and fascism which also encourage reproductive health. If human extinction trends continue it is they who will inherit the world due to demographics. This would include the radical version of Islam (some say real Islam) now terrorizing the West.
The way I choose to affirm a real future for humanity is to affirm ethnopluralism and theological materialism, which best unblock all the elements of real human nature now diverted or blocked. This includes affirming being kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, with group-selection as the primary unit of successful selection, followed by individual selection.
Ethnopluralism, with ethnic groups affirming their own territorial ethnostates, with each protected by some version of federalism, along with the philosophy of theological materialism, with its deeper understanding of the material evolution of life to real supermaterial Godhood, can bring back the importance of real material life and join religion and science in stopping the present movement toward human extinction.