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Your Future (or Lack Thereof)

Posted on | December 27, 2014 | 60 Comments

“Male and female created he them” (Genesis 5:2) seems obvious enough. “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) is not a difficult commandment to understand or obey. However, in the modern world, so many people actually think they’re smarter than God that they manage to persuade themselves that extinction is “progress”:

A survey by the Japan Family Planning Association reported that over a quarter of men aged 16–24 “were not interested in or despised sexual contact.” For women, it was 45 percent
Forty-nine percent of women under 34 are not in any kind of romantic relationship, and nor are 61 percent of single men. A third of Japanese adults under 30 have never dated. Anyone. Ever. It’s not that they’ve stopped “having sex”… It’s bigger than that: It’s a flight from human intimacy. . . .
The Japan Times . . . quotes the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research as saying that the country’s population is expected to decline between 26% and 38% by 2060.

That information comes from Mark Steyn, whose ancestors were on a first-name basis with the author of the commandments previously cited, and here’s more of the same:

“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil . . . I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Deuteronomy 30:15, 19 (KJV)

It’s really simple, but some folks think they’re smarter than God.




60 Responses to “Your Future (or Lack Thereof)”

  1. Durasim
    December 28th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Yes, Japan’s sexual and reproductive decline is something to marvel at. Many a documentary will be made about it.

  2. Wombat_socho
    December 28th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

    “Mr. Olyn, even if you could prove to me that nowhere, not even in the house of my father, was there truth or faith or honor, I would go forward still, doing my duty as the Lord hath commanded me, even unto death.” – Jamethon Black, in Gordon R. Dickson’s SOLDIER, ASK NOT

  3. Wombat_socho
    December 28th, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    If you’re talking about Charles Stross, I gave up on reading his blog ages ago so I could have at least a slim chance of enjoying his books.

  4. Wombat_socho
    December 28th, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

    It’s better to marry than burn, yes. However, they were expecting Jesus to show up at any time and wanted to be ready.

  5. Daniel Freeman
    December 28th, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

    That is kind of true, but not the way you meant. Believe it or not, they will actually hire a woman to just cuddle with them. No, seriously. That’s a thing.

  6. Trazymarch
    December 29th, 2014 @ 12:55 am

    Even though its really pathetic it seems super normal if you compare it with such occurrences like:
    (Japan)”Marrying” a video game character:
    (Korea)”Marrying” a pillow:
    The fact that every single person in the links has Asian origins or is from Asia might be or is not purely coincidental.

  7. Joe Katzman
    December 29th, 2014 @ 3:10 am

    Read those, thanks. Tech changes definitely played a big role, and did get an ideological assist.

    Where I’m stuck here is the gap between anti-natalism (which is true), and attitudes that are eschewing dating & casual sex as well. Natalism v. Casual encounters should have one rise at the other’s expense, not both contracting. But that’s what we’re seeing in Japan, and with the “sexodus” in the west. “No kids” I get. “Not marriageable” is an extension. “Not dateable” is a different kettle of fish.

    Also, recall this prediction – it hasn’t worked out that way.

    ““The relative scarcity of marriageable men means that the competition among women for marriageable men is far fiercer than that faced by prior generations of women.

    “Over time, this means that the ‘deals they cut’ become worse for them and better for men.”

    If anything, all aspects of the legal and dating structure have shifted hard in womens’ favor, to the point that many guys are concluding that it’s just not worth it and either eschewing women, or deliberately refusing long-term relationships despite wishing that it was something they could allow themselves.

  8. K-Bob
    December 29th, 2014 @ 5:24 am

    The pressure on men to work long hours and spend their evenings in bars with colleagues means that they go home to fall into bed, exhausted, for a few hours, then get up and do it again. Many couples in that situation never have sex at all.

    But the men are having sex with “hostesses” and on sex tours. Prostitution is basically illegal, so like here that means it’s everywhere, and the usual sex worker is someone groomed or forced into it at an early age.

    In other words, they may report they have little sex, but the sex industry is huge.

  9. Daniel Freeman
    December 29th, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    Ah, we’re talking about two different groups of people. The labor market is very rigid, so you have one cohort that has job security but no life outside of work, and another that is consigned to temp work.

    The problem in Japan isn’t feminism; it’s economics. The women don’t want a man who isn’t financially secure, so a very large cohort of men is being forced to find satisfaction elsewhere. They’re doing it brilliantly but weirdly, because Japanese.

  10. Oliver Plunkett
    January 1st, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

    Here we go again, taking quotes out of context and ignoring the big picture.
    The complete verse is:
    God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

    The instruction to ‘multiply’ is specifically limited to filling the world. It is Not open ended.

    Further it is tied to ‘dominion’ over nature, and that implies a duty of care to those we rule. Therefore a second limitation on our reproduction.

    So maybe the Japanese are getting it right after all.