An author claimed “Birth rates are falling everywhere.” I find that this seems true in wealthier, more educated environments. For a brilliant satirical representation, see the movie “Ideocracy.”
I often wonder if this isn’t just an emergent property of overpopulation, some form of instinctive behaviour, an off-switch built into us. With some 7 billion people on the planet or so, is it possible that it is the simply a reaction to the measure of people in proximity plus the effort required for a life-style that isn’t instinctual that flips the switch? Just as the quest for safe, warm and full is an instinctive drive, is it possible that genetically we don’t have the circuitry to deal with having it en masse? Is this one possible reason for why when one reaches a certain level of wealth, as perceived by our instinctive filters that we stop reproducing? I’ve often wondered if the gay population, world-wide has always been roughly 15% of the population, or if there’s something at the species level that triggers our genes to say “OK, there’s enough of us now…”
Just some thoughts. I’d be curious to know yours.