The Committee has answered these questions in another dimension, which can be made visible by projecting them on our dimension. 😉
India is now the topmost contributor to the world so far as population is concerned, overtaking China although fertility rate in India has started falling across all sections of the population as per recent studies. So I guess the replies of TC are relevant to all countries.
A few questions for TC:
1. Other than the women related factors that TC has mentioned, will India's population be reduced significantly by any other factor over the next 50 years e.g. famine, male infertility, death due to epidemic or due to war or due to natural disasters etc.?
2. After the upcoming reduction during the shift, what is the likely figure where the population of the world and that of China, USA, India will stabilize?
3. Will motherhood again be a priority for women in the future?
4. Will the rate of marriage increase again post shift?
5. Will the trend of late marriage be reversed ?
As far as the US goes, I think it's laughable and out-of-touch that anyone would be concerned whether women are having enough children. We have a lot more pressing issues.
Was just reading an account by a nurse who's practiced in seven states talking about patient dumping. It's when patients in poverty without health insurance become so sick due to deferred care, that they end up in the ER. Once stabilized, they are put out on the street in any kind of weather because the hospital can't deal with the lack of safety net for them. She said if you think it's not happening in your state, think again. She said a real safety net is needed. Healthcare workers at hospitals are sick of it and many are quitting. We already had a rise in healthcare workers quitting during the pandemic.
House prices are now beyond belief. The old rule was to buy a house no more than 2 1/2 times your income. That's not possible now. Do we really think young families buying their first house are going to overcome that? Food prices are through the roof with no signs of stopping. I'm okay, but sometimes I literally gasp at prices compared to what they used to be even one year ago.
It's dangerous to be pregnant in several states with abortion bans because even in wanted pregnancies, doctors aren't intervening anymore for complications, putting the mother's life at risk - and in the case of twins when one twin isn't developing and threatens the life of the other twin. 15 women sued the State of Texas because they faced dying or having a twin die, because the ban prevented doctors from intervening. Women have had to travel out-of-state to save the life of a twin by terminating the other, or travel to save their own life.
Idaho had to close down maternity wings in two major hospitals. Obstetrician residents are refusing to take jobs in those states because they can no longer practice the normal standard of care. Many doctors are just picking up and leaving, especially maternal-fetal specialists who deal with difficult pregnancies. They can't properly do their jobs anymore. It's going to get harder to get healthcare for pregnancy in those states.
Some states, like Alabama, are trying to criminalize women who leave the state for terminations. The public is mostly unaware that the GOP is trying to ban some forms of contraception. Doctors have reported a sharp rise in women asking for sterilization in states with abortion bans.
Even when you don't live in one of those states, health insurance deductibles are now so high that it can cost thousands out-of-pocket to have a baby. If you have a job, US maternity leave is the least in out of all developed countries.
Too many young men are in crisis and mentally not well adjusted. They are becoming radicalized to think their failures are women's fault. From what I've seen of them online, I would terrified of having a daughter of marriageable age ending up with one of them. I'd want her to focus on being able to take care of herself so she never got into a bad situation she couldn't get out of.
I sure don't worry about people not prioritizing having children. 😕 We've set them up to fail these days.
wow Lori!! that is a very negative but real observation on the condition of USA ,and is probably the same bleak outlook throughout the industrialized world . It is human nature to reproduce in a safe and loving environment. Humanity is due for a reset.
Yes, Mary. My intent is to keep it REAL.
No one reproduces in a vacuum. Conditions are either supportive of starting and maintaining a family or they are not supportive. Currently, it's the latter.
Today, the only group that maintains high marriage rates (and lower divorce rates) in the US, is the upper-middle-class to wealthy class. This is a recent development over the last 20 years or so that has accelerated even more. Some have said marriage has become "a luxury" when it used tot be the norm.
The attitude of lots of young people today is focused on survival. Many feel they have a decent job and can support themselves, yet still not thrive enough to have a house and family the way their parents did at their age.
Yet 16 million have entered the USA illegally since Biden & Harris were installed. It's an improvement for the newcomers. Maybe the USA experiment is over? The Shift is making all of this moot.
Politicians have referred to the ballooning masses of humanity as useless feedbags. With a major drop in population can we expect society to start honoring each human as a valuable asset, thereby causing oppressive governments and institutions to become obsolete?
Patrick/TC, as humanity moves into the Golden Era, what will be the optimal population of earth?
Sayeth The Committee:
"This figure does not and cannot exist. Optimum is highly subjective; what criteria are considered ideal? Using such judgments will lead to one of many possible assessments, but even a few small changes to a few ideas will drastically change the result, creating a far higher or lower amount."
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