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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Self-Selecting for Extinction

Evolving over millions of years in synergy with our biology, family values informed the creation of all other human institutions, despite claims from some bombasts that it happened the other way around or others who insist that family no longer matters. Any theory of government that doesn’t take into account truths discovered over countless millennia can expect a rough go of it.

While gender roles have certainly changed over time, and will continue to change in response to circumstances, the unique investment women make when they chose to bring a new life into the world, as well as the prolonged dependency of children as they mature into adulthood, are inescapable truths.

Despite and even because of the burdens imposed by motherhood, fatherhood evolved in symmetry. Hence, the intimate, lasting, and for the most part monogamous pair-bonds that form between a man and a woman make sex not just another form of recreation, but nature’s precious gift worthy of celebration, respect, and reinforcement by cultural institutions.

That is, if we want to survive as a species. If we think that humans are just another form of pollution, then there is no reason not to haul down the flag of procreation and party until the last person turns off the lights. Which seems to be the game plan for some.

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Admittedly, comparing radical feminists to Shakers is a stretch. While both tendentiously preach equality of the sexes as the primary virtue, the Shakers approached their ideal through celibacy and fruitful labor while radical feminists seem to revel in public displays of outrage whenever the media gives them occasion to sally forth from their academic sinecures. I suppose this means that aside from the nightly news archives, radical feminists will only leave behind a legacy of endowed chairs rather than the kind that go around your dining room table.
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