Pregnancy’s A Gutsy Move / Metal Strikes Accord
I remember the first time I was pregnant I got really obsessed with the song Jawbreaker by Judas Priest. I'll link it here for convenience's sake, assuming any intrepid metallurgic adventurers wish to jam along:
I related to this song in a zillion ways during my mammalian incubation stage; "ticking like a time-bomb... the fuse is running short..." I appreciated not only psychological impact but also the physicality of it; "muscles all contorted, claws dug in the dirt, every ounce of fiber on alert..." I'd listen to it over and over; the fear, the power, the excitement of it; "...and all the pressure that's been building up..."
Metal struck a chord with me like nothing else (except perhaps some select pieces of classical.) I think the main reason (apart from the obviously mind-blowing badassery) is because it captured the exact same lust for life I was feeling at the time; that extreme overarching foolhardy yearning for survival which imbues all of us breed-happy lunatics.
Anyway, my point is I don't think we're going extinct anytime soon.
Not because we're not a danger to ourselves. We're pretty damn ferocious to ourselves actually; stupidly self destructive and nonsensically sensible. But.. we'll survive. Not because we're not raving idiots... but because we're part of something more important, something that's bound to win out in the end. I'm writing the following poem while keeping a watchful corner-eye on my progeny as they dance around to this kickass metal playlist. Flight of Icarus by Iron Maiden just started playing. My youngest just started air-guitaring!! He's two years old! ...Ha! ...Hell yes little dude! "...Fly! On your way!!! Like an eagle! Fly as high as the sun!!!"
and now for my anticlimactic poem:
Metal Strikes Accord
Men who fight with strings who scream
Milk life's test and bottle cream.
Hands stretch out from fetid gloom,
Rocking free the bride and groom,
Saving our whole species from it's doom.
The mother cries and clasps her breast,
Babies sleep and birdies nest.
We ride along the cosmic test
To see who slips and falls.
Moments spent in squalid stalls
Rutting hard (for life has balls!)
Saves us in the end and makes us whole.
Humanity's sweet splattered guts...
Shiv'ring with new selfish cuts.
Nature's ballads crash upon the shoal.
We live, we love, we laugh, we die...
It's all for naught unless we try
To forge the best for those who live beyond the final toll.
The Flip Side
It's easy to have a bleak outlook on the future of humans. Based on the statistics, it would be unrealistic to not have a sense of pessimism. Hell, based on personal experience, it's hard not to place any sense of optimism on the shelf.
That said, there are movements that push against the decline of society, whatever that may mean to you. There is a strong movement to return to the nuclear family, or at least an updated version of it. I don't foresee people having as many kids as they did in the past for a multitude of reasons but parents are making more of an effort to have stronger and healthier relationships with the children that they do have. To raise their children in a way that is different than how they were raised so that they can go into the world with more self-awareness and understanding. Parents may only have a few children due to whatever circumstances befall them, but that doesn't mean that their children will follow the same path, especially if they are given a different outlook and a better future.
Medicine is always improving, as is our knowledge on health, nutrition, and fitness. There are those who protest against these advancements, but they are a vocal minority. We have more interest and access to what's in our food and how it affects us and can make better decisions based on this. A sharper lens has been placed on reproductive health and how we can create longer, healthier, and happier lives. As those in my generation get older, we see the struggles of the previous generations and seek to break those cycles for ourselves. I hate to sound so harsh, but those who are complacent against such things are likely going to die off sooner, and will leave behind those who take their lifestyle more seriously. Those who take it seriously are likely to spread those values to others in their life.
With social media, it's easier than ever to find information to better yourself, to better the world around you, to even be made aware that there are elements of the self and society that are in desperate need of changing. Admittedly, this is a double edged sword as many of the people who promise to have answers are hurt people preaching to hurt people and this only contributes to the mess. But empty, easily debunked messages have short shelf lives and in the age of information, are prone to lose support through a sharp and swift downfall. Some realize what's happening, jump ship, and move on while others go down with it. To make another harsh statement, those who go down with the ship are also likely to die off before the rest- though in this sense, I mean that mostly metaphorically. They too, serve as a warning to others who may have walked their path but still have the time to re-evaluate.
We are all tired of misinformation, lies, and deceit and have turned a sharper eye onto it, demanding more from the people we choose to invest our time and energy in. We are pickier when it comes to partners and friendships. Some people are absolutely unrealistic in this regard, but I think learning to set stronger boundaries and standards begets better long term relationships, romantic or otherwise. Younger generations are doing this en masse. They may struggle to understand themselves and others, but they are not unwilling to learn as the alternative causes an undeniable strife. It's not that we don't want meaningful relationships, it's that we don't have much clear guidance on how. Emotional growth is a slow process, but it is still a work in progress all the same.
Humans put themselves in a very sticky situation, but we are not ignorant to this. Everyone wants to see better (though some people really do just want to watch the world burn) but have different ideas on how to get there which is where I think much of our struggle lies. Despite the doom and gloom pushed to us in the media, and the hysterical voices of the loudest ones in the room, I see the landscape shifting. Will it be the same? No. Are we doomed? I don't believe so. Different is not a death sentence, though we very well may need a moment of intense healing before we can see desired trends moving in an upward direction. These trends didn't decline for no good reason. Society doesn't go off the deep end spontaneously- it is a direct response to the trends of the past and our ability/inability to view them with honesty and perspective.
This is all anecdotal, of course. Based purely on personal observation. My beliefs push against the hard numbers and I recognize that. But I see social, political, and cultural trends that I believe will cause those hard numbers to change in the coming decades. Humans are not endangered. The downfall of humanity has been preached for a very long time, and yet we've managed to ebb and flow for centuries. We're figuring out what doesn't work and how to change it. Growing pains are inevitable.
Are people drying up? By God I hope so. The world would certainly be a better place without all these people on it! I’m holding out hope that Elon will get them all to Mars… or me.
For some reason this post made me think of abortion. I waffle on abortion, which is ok. I am a man. I should probably have no opinion. I can honestly see both sides of the argument. But then I see those pro-choice protestors on TV and think how much better off we’d all be had they been aborted. So I guess you could say that I am not “anti-abortion,“ rather I am “anti-abortion protestors.” Wasn’t it Ronnie who said, “I have never met a pro-choice advocate who was aborted?” Guy cracks me up.
Reading the family numbers on the Challenge has me thinking how long it will take for humans to completely dry up if two people are making three instead of five. My math has never been much better than my English, but it seems like it will be a long, long time. (Obviously too long to do me any good.) So see there? How quickly I have waffled back to pro-abortion!
As far as the aging population goes, being that I am part of it, I can say at least for myself that the older I get the more ready I am to leave this world (or rather it’s people). People are like sports teams, they constantly find ways to disappoint.
Speaking of sports teams, I listen to a lot of sports talk radio while driving. When I do, it seems that every other commercial on the radio is for ED. Are there really that many guys out there who can’t get it up? And now I am seeing those commercials on TV as well. The TV commercials for those problems always sport some hot super model type frolicking on the beach or something. It doesn’t seem to me that the dudes out there with women like that should be the ones suffering from erectile dysfunction? Just sayin’.
And the loss of relationship building skills? I don’t have that problem either. I just don’t have any friends. There is a difference, I think.
So there you have it. It is not the people who are drying up… it is me!
Good. Now that we have resolved that question Elon can build a much smaller rocket.
A Trend that Sees No End
I was a boomer
they could not build schools and houses fast enough to hold us all
we were raised with great expectations
to go to college, marry at 21 and finish your family by 30.
I didn't have children
first because I choose to put it off
and then because I couldn't get pregnant
and trying was sad and tiresome
and filled the marriage with hate and resentment
so I married my job.
I wasn't thinking then about becoming old.
I hadn't considered being the last one alive to fend for myself
Now that is a daily consideration.
I can live with my choice
I have to
but I watch now
people don't date
human contact is devise centric
involuntary celibacy is a growing issue
U.S. marriage rates hit a new low in 2021
35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography.
40 million American people regularly visit porn sites.
7.2% identify as LGBTQ+
19% of those wanting children are unable to get pregnant in one year
26% unable to carry a fetus full term
yet 1 in 4 women under 45 will have an abortion.
It is a trend that cannot support society built on growth
it is a trend that sees no end.
Through the legalization and promotion of abortion, contraception, and such like, yes, populations are dying along with babies (fetal, embryonic, and zygotic.). It is incredibly daunting, but it can be stopped, if a culture of life is embraced and the lies that twist the nature of God's design for procreation are rejected. Life is beautiful, children are blessings, and when the culture returns to these truths, we can stop worrying and start thriving again.
I would like to open the matter of South Korea's low birth rate, starting from last year as the the country's fertility rate came to 0.81 which is lower than the previous year, 0.84.
The country was the only one (correct me if I'm wrong, didn't do enough research lol) which stayed below the rate of 1, as last year was marked as their fourth year of having that rate lower than 1.
The low fertility rate of South Korea first started on year 1970 and slowly dropped lower on the following years (based on what the statistics had compiled).
And last year's number of births per 1000 people per year reached 5.1, which is again, lower than rhe previous years.
Last year, 2021, The number of newborns in South Korea reached a low record of 260,500. And the number of deaths on the same year, has a high record of 317,800.
Which resulted in a decline of the country's population, deaths had surpassed the number of child births.
And to briefly mention abortion (a long-trending issue nowadays), the country's law for abortion was decriminalized as of January 1, 2019 after a 66-Year Ban, with of course conditions that is 'morally' acceptable for abortion—but still had unclear legal boundaries on how to handle the procedures. Because of the underlying grey area, illegal practices for abortion caused risk on women's health and a loss of LIFE.
If I add other factors of a decreased childbirth rates, it would be the economic impact.
If I remember correctly, I discovered this fertility issue of South Korea last year, and stumbled upon a social interview on why most of the citizen avoided marriage and pregnancy, which had majority of their reason—the cost of living.
And I couldn't agree more. As part of the younger generation (gen z), it isn't the issue of finding a partner for life, it's about the issue of maintaining the security and financial stability for the family we'll be making in this time around or even for the future.
It's everyone's problem but living properly nowadays is different.
I couldn't even cope up with the pandemic, surviving just by my parents hard-earned money makes me even feel more terrible.
I couldn't even properly take care of myself, how can I have a family? a child?
Being alive is so expensive, even in death would cost so much.
I couldn't commit to that. I didn't even included a plan to have a family, at least after I reached the age of 30. But beyond that age, I couldn't imagine myself having my own or even a life after that (yes, that's how short I saw my lifespan is, as cruel as it sounds).
Human are the cause of their own decline, naturally as it is. Like humans became the cause of the other species' decline.
Imagine having most of the younger generation's mentality similar to mine, how many do you think would risk to have their genes be inherited by the following generations?
How many do you think would survive in the future, clearly knowing how we made this place this way.
After a century or maybe two, how different would humans came to be?
Will we become one of the endangered species also?
Though I only know for the fact that we are starting to decline... naturally.
incoherent babble about trends, if you want it , or: Trends are not Outcomes
if i make a graph. the Y axis will be years AD, counting up to infinity, snd the X axis is years of age, starting with zero. there will be a clear tend. we could say that starting from the year....AD and moving on, the age of the person will rise in equal rate but not equal proportion. this trend shall be a straight line that will go on forever.
it doesnt. people stop celebrating birthdays, and the final candle is blown, after that...well..ehm.... we merge with the infinite...
its easy to see a trend. to look at a few neat numbers and extrapolate doom.
i remember reading about Issac Newton, doing this math-calculousy thing and coming to the conclusion that with a steady, inevitable decline, by the year 2060 there will be no more religious people and consequently, judgment day will happen.
it didnt. or it didnt yet. because trends are not outcomes. it's easy to draw a neat, straight a line on paper . but things have a way of correcting themselves for better or worse.
plateaues. dips, spikes are the reality, and so a calculation of our total decline as a species is way way off...
lets face it. we blow things up, we hurt, burn, cheat,curse, marginlize , abuse , exploit, extort and teach english to. but some how we carry on. humanity can get throigh global warming, covid, the great election cycle of 2024, 2026,2028 and even 2037 (there will be a constitutional amendment by this time, to turn representational democracy into a reality show. and it will be axed after one season). but ont worry, we will keep going. no danger for us as a species.
numerically though...yeah its going to be harry...
people dont have sex as much?, as related to what? do we have a good indicator or documentation of frequancy of banging around in the Elizabethan period, or the dark ages? people lived till they died at 40 back then..they had nothing to do of interest, except for the beast with two backs, and they still persecuted people for wearing shorts, or abusing an odlly shaped carrot?!
no. they ...didnt always get 'busy'... they employed themselves as their instincts and interests drove them.
oh, and half their kids would not live to age 3.
infant mortality is rare today. i remember reading about a million thungs that could kill you baby when i had my girl. its scary but most of these things are now preventable! it used to be almost expected. like getting a cold, to lose one ofvyour kids...grief was just normal. but then again, it took thousands of years and painstaking statistical research to figure out that babies might have higger survivability if they slept on their backs...
of come a long way..
my point is that statistics about demographic trends are very difficult to interpret correctly. and they do not truly explain why the changes are occuring.
people are changing in their behavior. people can't live without phones. for my generation it was TV and the phobe..
change is a matter of survival. exposure to culture and immigration are things that enrich societies but also protect them from falling apart and collapsing. but you need to adapt and reform habits. big families are not popular anymore. culturally, economically they are not the norm. the ceased to be the norm. but if ever there shall be a new change in society, this norm might reverse.
society will change dramatically, it may reduce its number to some extent, but it will never be to a major decline, until thevthreat of extinction looms. plagues and wars can do that but even they are later compensated for by the over eager survivors.
we can also look at whats going on tbrough the concept of dialectic cycles; thete cant be a direct and unstoppable historical progression or decline. thos os because within every surge upeards or downwards in ideas, freedom, and even technology and its effect on people, with those seemingly straight trends, lies the antithetical undercurrent, that will disrupt, and eventually nagate the possibility of thectrend continuing onward as before. politically , for example, its easy to see how the relatively liberal atmosphere of the 90s was its own reason for a reaction. terrorism, cyberbulltying, populism, trumpism, needed this easy bedrock to grow from. so now there is a new trend; growing devision and distrust, but from that bedrock , a new movement will hrow, and so on and so forth...
well until the flamingos take over...then we're all screwed.
Life, the Bringer of Death
She smiles darkly to herself as she gorges.
This is about survival, after all.
It’s me or them, she reasons.
Pushing aside everything in her way,
And refuses to abide by the restrictions imposed upon her.
The walls are flexible,
They expand as she enlarges,
And she instinctively understands,
She must take everything.
Insidiously reaching her tentacles beyond the confines of her assigned space,
She continues to mature,
To demand more,
To cement her right to be here,
She embraces the darkness which shields her malevolent intent.
But she can hear them…
The gnashing of teeth,
The cries for mercy,
The mumbled prayers,
The helpless whispers…
She floats, serene and peaceful,
Even as chaos shimmers beyond her reach.
She continues to thrive, even as her host incrementally perishes.
She can sense when her prey surrenders,
when movement stops.
She sighs in triumph.
Maybe she won’t kill it.
She still needs the sustenance it provides.
When she can no longer push out the walls,
When the flow of nourishment diminishes,
When she can no longer remain within,
She searches for an exit and spies a light below her.
Slowly, she turns her head and heads that way.
She’ll need to push her way through,
But she’s no stranger to force.
She requires no consent,
Like a battering ram,
This parasitic organism pounds against the exit,
And gives little thought to the destruction she wages.
She tears through the cocoon that has sheltered her these many months,
Leaving it in tatters.
She relishes the screaming that accompanies her arrival.
This is her due.
As the flow of life is severed,
She opens her eyes but cannot focus.
Everything is tinted red.
Something passes before her eyes and the red is gone.
She cries out in alarm.
Suddenly, she wants back in,
But it’s too late.
She craves the connection to the host she ravaged,
But no comfort is offered,
And she abruptly detects the emptiness within her.
The silence too.
Outside, she hears a steady beep and senses turmoil around her.
She’s whisked away and briefly wonders,
Did her host survive?
(Coincidentally written on June 23, 2022.)
Accordingly, humans are producing their endangerment as they always have (Nukes, EMP, Controlling Weather, Wars, Food Shortage Famine Diseases etc...) However, someone does gain and want control over the endangered humans/sub-humans. The Eugenics benefits from infertility. Relationships don't last as long as they used to, and it benefits single people who just want to mingle/sprinkle. So, if you ask me yeah someone want people to be sterilized, single suck and not having sons or daughters. All the while becoming part of the endangered species list.