Monday, January 21, 2013

Functional Families: There’s enough to go around

Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape (early 1620s)

I have become very aware lately that our media and radio personalities tend to highlight the dysfunction found in the most fundamental unit of our society – the family (or as Grandmammy says, famdams). This post will hopefully bring a little balance, and perhaps some optimism, to the modern family.

I want to start off with some hard-hitters. Don't be alarmed. It's okay!! If you get overwhelmed then please don't hesitate to grab your towel and place it on your head. *nerd* (WHO KNOWS THAT REFERENCE??! Super-kind-of-me hint: "A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.")

Here we go: how many kids do you think a modern family should have? Now that you’re thinking about it…do you think the world is overpopulated and could really use a few less "carbon footprints"? Lots of people = a major depletion in resources, problems for our future chances of civilization, global warming, and a collapse in our global economy ...right?

Prepare to have your mind blown by science. If you are curious about any of these questions then the following documentary is for you:

PS. Listeeen, it’s awesome that you want to watch the whole thing you overachiever you but I think you’ll get the meat (or tofu...) of it if you just watch the first few minutes of Part 1 and the middle of Part 2.

Part 1

Part 2

The following are questions you will have answered by the end of this documentary:
  • Less people the better right? 
  • Are "big" families wrong?
  • Does the media really influence perceptions of world population growth/decrease?
  • What about Mexico? There will always be a lot of people eager to come here from Meso-America right?
  • Will our economy change with less people?
  • What's human capital? Why does human capital or even moral capital matter?


  1. My brain just exploded. Haha jk. No we learned about this in my sociology class dating back to marx theory and the beginnings of antinatalism . Turns out a lot of their theories are unfounded and that the Lord had a better idea when he told His people to "multiply and replenish the earth."

    1. That's so cool that you've learned about those things! I had to look up antinatalism - I had no idea there was a term for groups who support the movement to reduce the number of children per family. The more I learn about the family the more I realize just how hard Satan is trying to destroy it.

  2. Oh and btw, the videos wouldn't load. I was just stating my own personal opinion.

    1. Oh good to know! I have added the links underneath the vid so you can watch it from its original site.

  3. There is a book on the shelf behind the author of "The Population Bomb" titled "Viral Sex".

    (Yes, I'm 12.)


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