Disappearing Babies

The value of babies is plummeting in the West and on the Pacific Rim. Multiple children have become a liability, a social sign of failure, and an impediment to hope.
When life centers on self, babies disappear.

In Germany, urban planners are focused on how to depopulate cities according to Jonathan Last, author of What to Expect When No One’s Expecting. With a shortage of babies, they are working out how to demolish square blocks and replace brick and mortar with green space. Because there are so few people, wolves are approaching towns and cities in eastern Germany for the first time in 400 years.

In Russia, for every 10 live births there are 13 abortions!

In Japan, he reports that people now buy more adult diapers than baby diapers. Japan’s population is on track to decrease by more than 50% by the end of the century.

Why has the value of babies radically declined? Last combed through mountains of data in a national long-term study that tracks a host of factors about families. He discovered a telling correlation: 100% of the families with more than 3 children go to church or some worship center. Not “some,” not “most,” not “a high proportion”—”100%!”

I spent yesterday with Muslim friends whom I had not seen in several years. What a joy to get acquainted with their wonderful teen-aged children. When the father asked me to pray before dinner, I read Psalm 127, and I thanked him for supporting me when my first child died.

Psalm 127
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

People who look to God see babies as a blessing. “Blessing” is the word my Muslim friend used yesterday about his children.

However, where people have lost sight of God, babies are disappearing!

About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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One Response to Disappearing Babies

  1. Sarah says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful post and for caring so much about babies!

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