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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

THE EPIC FAILURE OF MODERNISM


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Social science has now FINALLY caught up with the Catholic Church. The latest studies show that while the world population is growing, the number of children per household is actually decreasing -- EVERYWHERE -- even in Islamic countries! The reason why the world population continues to rise is not because people are having more babies, but because people are living longer. We will hit a population plateau within the next couple decades, which will be followed by a rapid decline in overall population. The effect of this will be a prolonged and unending economic depression!!!

Causes of Depopulation...

1. Career Women - Feminism.
2. Affluence - Decadence - (fewer children - invest more in each child).
3. Artificial birth control - coupled with sexual promiscuity - sexual revolution.
4. Cohabitation = less children.
5. No fault divorce = family instability.
6. Unwarranted fears of overpopulation (not supported by modern data).

Social scientists now admit that MARRIAGE DOES MATTER. MARRIAGE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE CHURCH WAS RIGHT!!! The Church was right about marriage. The Church was right about family. The Church was right about artificial birth control.

Forward this blog post. Get the word out!!!!

43 comments:

Young Canadian RC Male said...

I bought this series at the Ottawa March for Life, including its sequel "Demographic Bomb". Excellent choice of posting Sir Knight!

Elizabeth Smith said...

I wrote a post about this too. It's here.

Anonymous said...

Sir Knight,

I have written an extensive response that blogger has just eaten!! In Short, read 'Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth' by Eric kaufman; I have mentioned him in blog comments on TCK previously so will not repeat myself; suffice it to say, he parallels much of what has been raised in the audio visual presentation - with the conclusion that the numbers show undeniably that indeed, 'The religious shall inherit the Earth'...

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Anonymous said...

As my wife likes to say, "conquering the world, one diaper at a time". :)

Chori Jonathin Seraiah
Des Moines, IA

Ann said...

@ Chori,
'As my wife likes to say, "conquering the world, one diaper at a time" '
That's beautiful!

@ Sir Knight,
Thank you for putting up the video. It's vital information. I'll pass it on where I think it will be listened to. Sadly, there are many who would strenuously resist this information.

The Culture of Death is hard at work in Australia. Just discovered one of our states - Western Australia - is preparing legislation to have certain children sterilized and more, and parents will have no legal right to stop this from happening to their children if the legislation is passed. More here: http://www.naturalnews.com/035185_Australia_sterilization_children.html

HaroldC said...

Part of the low birthrates are also the result of the spread of STD's from promiscuity. Many STD's leave those infected sterile.

The Catholic Knight said...

Yet one more reason why we must follow the wisdom of God's laws. No sex outside of marriage.

Laura said...

This is the first time I've posted on your site, Sir Knight... excellent post as always!

I've taken a number of Geography courses that included demographics at Arizona State. Despite the political correctness that I had to slog through, the numbers agreed with the video you posted - and even some of the conclusions. Very disheartening... Thankfully we have Jesus Christ and His Church to lead us!

Anonymous said...

Anne,

This WA law is disgraceful!! do they not realize that Australia is still wading through a sea of legal actions from disabled individuals and groups resulting from forced sterilizations perpetrated upon thousands between the 1930-s-1970's?? Do the WA legislators not remember how this played out the last time it was practiced, and the swathe of political and ethical issues it has raised? are they so blind that they cannot see how this will unfold , when, thirty, forty, fifty years from now a new generation of persons with a disability will demand redress and their dignity respected through legal and legislative appology and (rightful, in my view) compensation?? and who decides???? one moment it might be a child with DS, next it might be a child with vision impairment...parents with a disability already face enough stigma and foul judgement by the culture of death - this will simply serve to re-inforce such disgraceful stereotypes!! I hope ACROD is fighting this piece of govt. legislative filth every step of the way!! God help us!! And what of the UN Charter on the rights of persons with a disability?? May the just judge duely judge Premier Colin Barnet if he is thus seduced by the putrid culture of death that claims such to be acceptable...may God have mercy on his soul!!

In these types of discussion, we're never meant to raise a certain Western European nation that came to prominence during the 1930's, but a second-rate jumped up little Austraian ex-pat tried this over their nearly eighty years ago and look where it led - 'final solution' anybody??

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Ann said...

Sarah,

The framers of this legislation, and those passing it if it goes that far, may be counting on the demographic winter being too severe 30-50 years on for compensation payments to be economically possible. People will probably have their hands full just surviving at that stage. As for an apology, those responsible would have likely died of old age by that time. It doesn't seem they expect to be facing the Divine Judge, but they will.

Anonymous said...

Anne,

They are utterly without any form of sight whatsoever!! counting on the 'demographic winter' to save them from the wrath of these disabled little ones when they're the age of YCRCM, TCK or myself is foully cynical, not to mention mean-spirited and a complete abrogation of moral responsibility toward the next generations; bet the framers of legislation back in the day did not expect either to be around, or for survivors of former sterilization programmes to be around long enough to seek justice...and here we stand, in 2012,...I thank God I was just outside the window of time when this would have happened to me without a say...it is violation of the dignity of the human person!! but polititians and legislators are NOT statesmen anymore, haven't been since the days of the late B.A. Santamaria et al...

Barnet will be caused to face the Just Judge, as will we all...

I think the Western Australians may not have counted on an increasingly active disability lobby - but upon saying this, I am reminded of their recent legislative nightmares concerning persons with a disability. I wonder if I were born now, with the immediate manifold medical hurdles I faced at birth (born at only 26 weeks back in 1970 - given 24, then 48 hours, then a week to live, four months later was released from hospital) if I would even be given a fighting chance...

Ever heard of 'Logan's Run'?? I'll be around 60 when the demographic winter begins to truly hit hard; I sometimes wonder what will become of me (I am married to a fine husband but he is two decades older than me); I am trusting in God to provide for me in my own older age, because it is all that I can do. I would hope that Holy Mother Church would be there for me - would likely join an order, but if they're anything like they are now, I may find that difficult as they shy away from persons with a disability, or those older in years (and there are no orders of 'Sisters of Christ Crucified' here in Aus - who take older women, and women with disabilities, as well as able bodied women and those of younger years) I've joked with my husband that , it'll be allright, I'll sign on as a cook for the GCM... lad and his family gotta eat, ya know...:-)

Bl. Margaret of Castello, pray for us.
Bl. Rafka, Pray for us.
St. Lucy, pray for us.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

c matt said...

when it's all said and done, individualism and selfishness seem to be the main culprits.

Anonymous said...

Another issue added to the aforementioned ideas is that there is no reason why retirees should have no jobs and the young be burdened with extreme workaholic schedules. This results in the modern welfare state where an increasing number of retirees draw pensions from borrowed money that an decreasing number of young people pay into. Let retirees work 15 hours a week and the young have a 30 hour work week.

Ann said...

Anonymous,

You said: "there is no reason why retirees should have no jobs and the young be burdened with extreme workaholic schedules. ... Let retirees work 15 hours a week and the young have a 30 hour work week."

I don't know about your government but our government reserved part of the taxation they took out of every worker's pay for their later retirement. Then one day they decided to put that money into general revenue and pretty soon most forgot that retirees had paid for their own retirement. We pay a lot of tax (direct and indirect) here during our working lives. Even after we retire we are still paying GST (Goods and Services Tax) on our purchases at the grocery shop, the petrol pump, on electricity etc.

Additionally, as a woman who never used child care services, I spent much of my life working in the home and raising and educating my children; and I did volunteer work for the community and for the Church; and I did what paid work I could that did not interfere with my home duties by working around the hours my children needed me. Other women have done the same and are you suggesting that the work we did raising good Catholics and good citizens was not worth a pension when worn out? Aren't we worth being cared for in our old age?

I guess the next step is to ask the older generation to "drop dead" when they have nothing else to give to the paid workforce, labelling us "unproductive" or "useless eaters".

I spent just on 40 consecutive years of my life raising children before the youngest turned 18. Do you think the world would be a better place if I had instead refused motherhood and spent those child-raising years doing 30 hours a week in the paid workforce, feathering my own nest, rather than the 100 hours a week (some paid work but most not) I did in the service of others?

Ann said...

Sarah,
I would like to respond to your March 9 comment on Luciana's blog if that's alright with you.

Anonymous said...

Anne,

I'm in full agreement with everything you've so eloquently stated in your last two posts here; For nearly a decade, ending in November 2002, I worked as a CSO for Centrelink in the area of Age pensions; very satisfying work, occasionally heartbraking and not a little frustrating (trying to assist frail aged persons, persons who were in the early or even mid stages of dementia etc - thank God for dedicated welfare staff attached to the offices I served). The 'Logan's Run' rhetoric espoused by Anon #13 is reminiscent of thoughts often expressed by 'boy Robin' on Delroy's 'Nightlife' here in Aus; Hello Robin, I wondered how long it would take for you to find this blog; never took you for a Catholic though...

The ecconomic rationalists see all as ecconomic units, not as human beings; therefore, those of us who may have a disability that impacts upon our lives, those who are aged, those raising families are seen as non-contributers and in need of 'motivation' to do their bit as they see it; I remember many clients I worked with raising the post WWII retirement funding tax they paid; at some point it was silently abolished with successive govt's hoping nobody would remember, less still hold them to account or point out their own hypocracy!!

Re Luciana's blog; I'm on a new computer and have lost my favourites; please send the link to the sign-on page via this comment box if you would be so kind.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Antaine said...

Sir Knight,
I finally got around to watching the video. I'm curious though, the video say the best age for having children is between the age of 20 - 35. I always thought 20 was a bit young to have children. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Raising good children is infinitely more valuable to society than paid work in the job market. A good mother or father are infinitely more valuable to the human race than any of the for-profit professions. However, the criticism was that we accept a work cycle that makes no sense at all. Why should a person have no time for their family due to working 60 hours work weeks (in the US) only to have no work time at all after their family is already grown and moved out?

The Catholic Knight said...

Antaine, stop and think about the biology for a minute. God says we are biologically ready to start having children in our middle to late teen years. However, Godly patience dictates we wait until we at least finish high school. I am in agreement that 20 to 35 is the best time for women to have children. To insure some financial security though, women out to seek older husbands who are more established in their careers, more mature, and know what they want in life.

Ann said...

Sarah,
Here is the link http://jmjtsgc.wordpress.com/

Antaine said...

Okay Sir Knight. Thanks for that. How much older should the man be than the woman though?

The Catholic Knight said...

Antaine, I don't know. I suppose that all depends on what the woman wants and what she deems is the best security for her, as well as other factors of course, attractiveness, love, spiritual issues, practical issues, etc. I suppose on average women should seek men who are between 6 to 12 years older than them. This seems logical to me, but I suppose a woman would know better when it comes to herself. Thus a 20 year old woman who feels ready to start a family might want to seek a man who is anywhere from 26 to 32. This gives her the best shot at finding a man who is career established and knows what he wants, instead of a "man-child" her own age, that she has to raise and support with her own career. Like I said, each woman will decide what is best for her, but this is what I think is logical.

Ann said...

Anonymous,

You asked: "Why should a person have no time for their family due to working 60 hours work weeks (in the US) only to have no work time at all after their family is already grown and moved out?"

I agree that parents should not have to work long hours that deprive their children of vital interaction and care, but working senior citizens till they drop is not the solution either. But yes, something needs to change.

When we look back to Our Lord's childhood, we see that he was apprenticed to his foster father, St Joseph. Work didn't separate the family - The Holy Family lived, and worked, and prayed together - and the work done was suited to gender and age.

Then if we look at Medieval times, we see that the home was still the centre of industry and children learned from their parents the work that would be theirs as adults, be they farmers or craftsmen or housewives. Moreover, there was lots of spare time. One of the criticisms brought against Medieval Catholics by those later espousing the Protestant Work Ethic was that Catholic peasants and craftsmen downed tools to celebrate numerous holy days (holidays): they worked when they needed to and rested from their labours when they needed to. They were not wage slaves. This all changed with the Industrial Revolution.

During the Industrial Revolution in England, people were herded into factories and lived in slums built near their place of work in order to maximize working hours to achieve the greatest possible profit. Workers acquiesced out of financial necessity. Living and working by the clock thus began and today millions of people follow suit, living within an easy commute of work, leaving home early and coming home late; meanwhile their children are siphoned off to schools and child-care. Living this way has gone on so long that it is now considered normal. But according to history it isn't.

Fragmentation of family life hasn't brought contentment. "Things" are bought to lift spirits but are never enough to fill the void. I am not suggesting that we ditch modern industry and technology but the integration of work and family life needs some serious rethinking.

A simpler life is essential (buying less things = less hours of paid employment) and also the cost of family housing needs to be reasonable which at present, at least in Australia, it isn't; for example, virgin bush land previously held by the government (crown land, value $nil), is periodically sectioned into tiny blocks and sold to the public by developers, often for hundreds of thousands of dollars per small house block. Then there's the cost of building a home on top of that. The result is that young married couples have ridiculously high mortgages and many years ahead of working long hours to pay them off. The variable home loan interest rate further increases that burden, banks charging the maximum the market will bear (That was 17% in Australia in 1989 and 7.3% presently).

Take the greed out of banking, political arrangements and big business, and the family home - the largest single purchase a family makes - would significantly drop in cost and so too the amount of paid employment worked to fund that purchase.

Filipino Catholic said...

Finally the biggest nail in the coffin for all pro-contraceptive and pro-culture-of-death advocates! This should silence RH Bill advocates in the Philippines. Their agenda has succeeded! Number of children per capita is decreasing! Now they should stop forcing this bill down our throats! (It hasn't been passed into law, thankfully.)

I hope and pray that when the economic depression strikes, the world's decreased population finds it in their cooling hearts to turn to Mama Mary, who is called in Greek Theotokos "God-bearer", and Hodegetria "She who Shows the Way", forever pointing to her Son who is Christ.

AD IESV PER MARIAM,
Filipino Catholic.

Anonymous said...

Most people are wage slaves in that they accept long work weeks that are completely unnecessary given todays' increased technological productivity. The problem is that we don't even ask what work life balance would look like. Five hours a day should be enough.

In addition, the high cost of homes are due to a great evil called corporate personhood where companies can own land, often millions of acres of real estate, owned by companies and then rented or sold at exorbitant prices.

In a future better world, corporations would not be allowed to own real estate to sell or rent to people nor should wealthy individuals own more than 5 or 6 homes themselves.

Ann said...

"I hope and pray that when the economic depression strikes, the world's decreased population finds it in their cooling hearts to turn to Mama Mary, who is called in Greek Theotokos "God-bearer", and Hodegetria "She who Shows the Way", forever pointing to her Son who is Christ."

Amen to that, Filipino Catholic.

Anonymous said...

Anne,

Amen sister, AMEN!!! You have spelt out exactly the difficulties so many face in Australia. Add into your analysis of the average Australian life of wage-slavery long commutes - often two hours each way from door to door, and pressure on the family unit is increased to almost unbearable levels. i would not be surprised if this situation directly impacts upon the divorce rate as the yoke of bondage couples stagger under becomes simply too , great, leading them to crack under the pressure.

A brick vanere three bedroom townhouse with handkerchief back yard in sydney will retail for $600,000 often with disgraceful public transport access, public amenities, free parkland for children and families to enjoy the outdoors; these dormitory suburbs are the scourge of Post-war Australia; often built over some of the most productive farmland in the country once dedicated to supplying the fruit, dairy and vegetable needs of the cities they surrounded, before being gobbled up by developers.

this leads to

i) huge food miles between farm and retail outlet
ii) a corresponding rise in trafic clog - heavy vehicle transport etc
iii) increasingly marginal land taken into cultivation on this, the driest inhabited continent on Earth.

Humanity is reduced to an ecconomic unit, humanity stripped from the human being...we need a huge circuit breaker to cut in and shake the whole distructive nightmare up; this is not how to live!! Sadly in Australia, we do not have long-term, inter-generational rent arrangements as exist in europe, so renting provides no long-term security for a growing family. The Eastern Seabord of Australia has some of the most expensive realestate in the world; even flats and apartments are stupidly expensive with prices that put New York, London and Paris to shame.

Anne, I've tried to respond to you on the other blog but Wordpress has already crashed on me three times today

email me at

zenia1

at

big pond

dot

com

NO SPAM FROM TCK's DETRACTORS: THIS WILL ONLY GET YOU BLOCKED!!

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Antaine said...

Sir Knight...
I don't mean to come across as rude as I know a lot of people say it's the love that counts and not the age, but isn't 12 years quite broad for a standard age gap between husband and wife? I know of a relationship where the gap is bigger, and I'm not trying to be disrespectful of people where the age gap in their relationships are big; but as a standard age it seems quite big of a gap.

Again, I'm not trying to be disrespectful. I'm just trying to imagine myself in that position. If I was 33 years old, for example, I think I would feel uncomfortable being married to and wanting to start a family with a 21 year old.

The Catholic Knight said...

I imagine that most women would pick a man closer to 6 years older, but you never know. It really is more up to the woman than the man, at least, that's my experience in life. The objective of marrying older is to obtain financial security and a mature husband. Of course it's just an idea. People will do whatever they like. Sometimes a man can be mature at a very young age, and some men are ready to support a family much sooner. It's rare. We need an economy where that scenario is more common.

Antaine said...

Ok Sir Knight. Sorry for the multiple posts, I just wanted to know. Thanks for that.

Anonymous said...

Antaine and Sir Knight,

In my Marounite parish, it is acceptable for younger women to marry men with significant age gaps; speaking to the younger women, they do not see this as a cultural imposition forced upon them, but welcome it as a way to avoid the problem of the all too many 'Peter Pans' out there. There is a significant age gap between my husband and I; the Marounite folk are far more accepting of this than some 'Westerners' are... One thing the young women (in their early 20's) repeatedly mention is their frustration with the phenomenon of the 'man child'.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Antaine said...

Sarah,
Thanks for the info. As I said I don't mean to be disrespectful. My own parents have quite a large age gap too. Just out of curiosity, can you give some tips about what exactly bothers women about men their age? What I mean is, what is it men do that tends to push women their age away?

Sir Knight,
I apologise if this is getting really off the point. You don't have to allow this comment through if you feel it is. I'm just curious, as there isn't exactly a lot of places to go for a catholic opinion on these things.

Anonymous said...

Antaine,

I'm happy to be of service.

I can sum it up thusly; they're children (my appologies to the fine young men in their 20's that may be reading this blog - believe you me, you are the exception rather than the rule). Within societies of faith, the male demographic within agegroups upwards of 30 seem to have it together more effectively than the man-children in their early -mid 20's; however, this too is beginning to shift within the Western world at any rate as external influences seep into the fold.

Women want men, not boys. we want men serious about their faith, their potential role as husband and father, their situation etc.

As a sidenote, I believe millitant feminism has done much to erode genuine manliness within society and the greater portion of the Christian world as women become more masculine and men are feminised.

There is one extreem that runs counter to this experience; that of the boomer. boomer men, grow up for heaven's sake!! and boomer women, if you have bought into the cultural lies or worse still, disceminated them, shame on you!!

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Ann said...

Sarah,
The Baby Boomers are now 48-66 years old. Is this the age group you are thinking of as "needing to grow up"?

Antaine said...

Sarah,
Thank you for that piece of information. It has given me a better insight into the situation.

Anonymous said...

Antaine,

I like the website called "The Art of Manliness." It's not written from a Christian perspective but a lot of the ideas seem rooted in Christian ideals. There is a lot of good information to be found there especially for young men that counteracts secular and feminist propaganda.

Antaine said...

Thanks for that Anonymous. I'll have a read through that site.

Anonymous said...

Anne,

I am sorry if I came across as somewhat scathing in my former comment. When I referred to the boomer generation, I had in mind those who weer influenced by and participated in the cultural revolution of the 60’s and 70’s; they would be part of the leading edge of the boomer generation, stretching back to the ‘war baby’ generation and even into the ‘builder’ generation. Those within their 50’s tend, in my experience, to go along with the prevailing culture that was radically inverted during the revolutionary years identified above. Sadly, secular humanists, atheists and cino Christians (be they Catholic or Protestant) imbibed the revolutionary spirit which included militant feminism, that had a profound effect upon the genders, and in particular Godly manliness and the notion of the Catholic gentleman (though, as is amply demonstrated upon this blog, they exist and make their presence felt daily, thank God).

In Australia, among the ‘500,000’ you identified a few articles ago,the spirit of the cultural revolution is less of a problem within this number, and their separated Protestant brethren of good wil; however, we need to be mindful of cultural seep, as it were, especially in this tumultuous time of change concerning the pressing social issues of our age that run counter to God’s word and Catholic Christian (plus traditional Protestant) teaching. Above all, we need to exercise genuine caritas and be exemplars of orthodox Catholic Christianity that Christ’s way may be made visible within the church and wider world alike. .

I apologize if I did not express myself appropriately; 4.5 hours sleep prior to handing in my first assessment of the year (that I have slaved over for the past fortnight computer problems notwithstanding, makes for a less than articulate mind.

Blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Anonymous said...

Antaine,
In regard to the "age gap" question, there are a lot of good observations here but at the end of the day it must come down to individual character. I know single men in their mid-20s for example who are far more mature and responsible than some married and single men in their 60s (very sad to say), and all variations in between. The same can be said for women.

In short, when you are looking to get married the quality of the individual character of the female is far more important than looking at age. Keep the guidelines above in the back of your mind but then look critically at the character of the females you meet and choose one with ideals that you are worthy of. Men have a real advantage over women biologically with time being on their side with respect to family (they can marry at much later age and still have chidlren).

Whatever you do do not be in a rush and do not lower your standards - you sound like a very lovely young man.

Antaine said...

Thank you Anonymous. They are good points you have made. I suppose I was asking all these questions for the sake of understanding more than anything else though. I may not understand everything there is to know about this sort of thing, but I have a good idea of my strengths and weaknesses, and I feel I am incapable of being a proper husband or father. For that reason I am just planning to stay single.

By the way, I'm not trying to make myself out to be some poor, sad person who's all alone. This is something I've thought about before and the conclusion I've come to.

Anonymous said...

Feminization of men and masculinization of women are part of the genderless society effort occurring in the US and UK.

I can only imagine that this was done either to discourage attraction/marriage and decrease the population growth or to destroy Anglo societies from within; a society of weak men and unhappy women can't defend itself against anything.

Anonymous said...

I agree, the "sexual revolution" and resultant confusion about gender roles is intended to destroy Western society through cultural change. I see the effects all around me and the damage is really incalculable. Those of us born in the 1960s or later have a very difficult time getting a perspective on how radical the impact has been since we have known nothing else.

There are a number of non-fiction books out which discuss this. Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution by Mary Eberstadt has received good reviews (I have not read this). The best book I can recommend however on this subject is actually a novel by Tom Wolfe called "I am Charlotte Simmons." It shows the degree to which elite higher education has been corrupted by the "values" of the 1960s. Unlike his other novels, this is not a satire but a very serious and tragic book, whose theme is the seductiveness of evil,and how corrupting is its influence on innocence and goodness. I would recommend it highly to any young person or a parent thinking of sending off a child, whether male or female, to a secular or CINO college. It had far more impact on me than any sociological study I have read.

4outmail said...

Please do not forget that the satanists, freemasons, and people not in the state of grace are responsible a lot for the decline of population of developed countries. One of the reason is that they are indirectly linked to the perverted content taught to students in schools, universities, etc.. They use evil subliminals and false teachings in the students study material which cause the decline in population in developed countries. And to make matters worse those evil people promote indirectly false teachings by saying that the population is increasing and resources are declining. This leads to a lack of value to human life and an increase of greed factors. These evil people use the world wide media to promote their lies, destructive and killing abilities. God Curse Them All.