Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Square Pegs, Round Holes Revisited

Will the meek inherit the earth? It appears they might, particularly if you define "meek" as those who have enough faith in God and the future to have children.

When my wife and I were getting married about 20 years ago, we talked about having children. We were thinking four ... or gasp ... maybe even five. I remember back then hearing Christians talk about how coming demographics would be different because of the value that conservatives in general, and people of faith in particular, place upon life, our posterity, and in general living for more than just themselves.

Well, 20 years later, we do indeed have four children. And it appears others like us have been doing the same. Maybe you have noticed population trends in the U.S. and the world.

Check out this piece from USA Today by Phillip Longman. He observes,
It's a pattern found throughout the world, and it augers a far more conservative future — one in which patriarchy and other traditional values make a comeback, if only by default. Childlessness and small families are increasingly the norm today among progressive secularists. As a consequence, an increasing share of all children born into the world are descended from a share of the population whose conservative values have led them to raise large families.
This is one of a number of structural problems facing today's post-modern Left. Yes, it's true that conservatives have our own challenges. Yet, our challenges are met by remaining true to our convictions. By contrast, the Left's self-destructive narcissism requires it to abandon its philosophy to survive.