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den 19 januari 2010

  Västeuropas verkliga kris

Lord Sacks, Englands högst uppsatte rabbi, talade häromdagen om Västeuropas verkliga kris, den att västeuropéer föder allt färre barn. Det var inga insmickrande ord till kulturen utan tvärtom mycket salt. Och det är ju så det ska vara. Över till Sacks:

Parenthood involves massive sacrifice of money, attention, time and emotional energy.

Where today in European culture with its consumerism and instant gratification – because you’re worth it – where will you find space for the concept of sacrifice for the sake of generations not yet born?

Europe, at least the indigenous population of Europe, is dying.

That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it.

Albert Camus once said, ’The only serious philosophical question is why should I not commit suicide?’.

I think he was wrong. The only serious philosophical question is, why should I have a child? Our culture is not giving an easy answer to that question.

Och han sa mer som var värt att lyssna till:

Discussing the popular secular idea that there are no absolute moral values, he said: ”You cannot defend a civilisation on the basis of moral relativism.

”In a head-to-head contest between a moral relativist and a fundamentalist, who wins? The fundamentalist must win because he is sure he’s right, and you are not sure he’s wrong.

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