Saturday, January 28, 2006

Will This Lead to a "Brave New World"

Brave New World is possibly one of the most disturbing books ever written. When I was younger I thought that there was no way that the family would be replaced by what amounts to a baby factory. Now I am not so certain.

Look at France. It has a birthrate of 1.94 children per woman, which is not even enough to replace this generation, yet is one of the highest in Europe. Will the need for children and maintaining a society's ethnic make up drive this.

There was a similar idea in the short-lived but excellent TV series Space Above and Beyond when "invitros" or "tanks" were artificially bred humans brought about to make up a declining population (and quickly found themselves discriminated against by real humans.)

Are we one step closer to Huxley's nightmare of Brave New World?

8 Comments:

Blogger NEO, SOC said...

Excellent post, Shoprat! I was wanting to write on this sometime ago but got side-tracked. Maybe, I'll do it now; but to comment on what you wrote. The answer is yes but the reason I speak of so is from a spiritual nature. Let me finish my analysis and blog it and will link in a post here tomorrow.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

I agree with neo, excellent post SR. I was thinking, with the low birthrate and people living longer, that will leave less people to support our aging population. People are living longer. I know this isn't a popular view, but is America not as worried about this because of immigration?

7:40 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Evidently the French male's reputation as a great lover is vastly overrated, or they would be able to maintain a positive population growth :)

I hate to think that a country would have to resort to "baby farms" to keep it's own national identity alive.

10:14 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

That was a disturbing book when I read it years ago, and it is more disturbing now, for the very reasons you mention.

12:09 PM  
Blogger jgf said...

BTW, I finally got my links up to date and you are on there now...

4:12 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Never read the book, but would have to agree with everyone here. We are certainly headed in that direction. Hopefully it stops at the french border.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

If we don't respect life, anything's possible. Some people have been saying infanticide("Euthanasia") is just around the corner. Doesn't seem all that far-fetched, really.

4:35 PM  
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