I saw this article about Japan’s population decline posted yesterday, of course with the premise that it’s a terrible, “crazy” thing (according to the commenters) that people would willingly opt out of the industrial procreation complex. Indeed, the title of the linked article from The Washington Post, “Japan’s sexual apathy is endangering the global economy” says it all, really.
Here we have laid bare the connection between the State, birth-rate, and GDP: “This isn’t just bad because it means the Japanese economy will have fewer workers and thus be less productive. It’s setting up an economic time bomb that will go off before long.” But rest assured: “Officials in Japan are keenly aware of how endangered they are by the country’s low birth rate. National programs encourage young men and women to get together and politicians often debate how to create more Japanese babies.” Need I go on?
It’s strange that an economic time bomb strikes fear into the hearts of many, but an ecological one is not even worth discussing (despite all the insistence to those who bring up, say, the amount of plastic in the ocean, or the fact that there are only about 3,000 tigers still living on this earth, that they should “get real” or “live in the real world”).
But no, this author is probably right, having more workers make more gadgets which can be represented by more numbers on computer screens is more important than the ecosystems on which all life depends. Back to the real world…