Possibly 2008’s most important documentary, A Demographic Winter, has just become available. I barely know where to start, so I’ll just share one of the many things that jumped right out at me (please don’t be surprised if I do a “part 2”).
100 years ago, 75 – 80% of households had children in them. This family was a dominant force of influence on our society. Within this context, only those messages appropriate for little ears and eyes were allowed, certainly in the home, but also within the majority of communities. Today, one-third of households have children, which definitely explains our media’s shift to less child-friendly messages.
Wouldn’t it be fair to say that children keep us all a little more innocent, a little more pure, and a little less corrupt? By rendering the child an endangered species of sorts, we have done our world the disservice of catering to more adult desires. We are therefore inadvertently exposing the few children left to these adult messages and tainting that which used to help keep us from all our perversion.
Be it far from me to place the responsibility of upholding society’s standards of morality on a child. They certainly don’t need that sort of pressure. But, by their very existence, they do make us watch our mouth, be good examples of courtesy and kindness, and love immeasurably. In short, they make us better.
It’s easy to forget what gems these little ones are. We more often hear about their carbon footprint, and how very expensive they are. They are, after all, the “unwanted” in “unwanted pregnancy.” Well, that is child un-friendly, to say the least. The media really has outdone itself.