A while ago I argued that if modern civilization collapses, which is a possibility given the relentless action of the worldwide IQ Shredder that we call “modernity”, then humanity will never get a second chance to start industrial civilization ever again. By lack of cheap fuel mostly. We’d be stuck, at best, with a Chinese style “high-level equilibrium trap“, basically the middle ages going on forever.
To which many commenters surprised me by saying: good-riddance then. What’s so bad about the Iron Age? Men were men, women were women, children were children. Yes, no air conditioning and no antibiotics is pretty bad. But you get used to that. What you never get used to is the never ending ratchet of contemporary madness. We call ourselves reactionaries for a reason; maybe we should celebrate the forcible return to Ancien Regime technology.
I honestly don’t know what to say to that. I’ve a natural instinct to defend my current standard of living, but I can’t really argue against the fact that preindustrial societies are just much healthier. It’s not really comparable. As a datum, let me put forward this video. It comes from a channel that our resident Hindu nationalist, the good Lalit, put on my last post, on a white guy living in Burma, defending the Burmese against the attacks by the global islamoprogressive alliance. It’s a nice channel, check it out. And now look at this video of some rakhine state kids. As he says, just being kids.
Burma is not Africa. The TFR is a modest, but healthy 2.3. And interestingly enough they publish of the Marital TFR, which is extremely reasonable at 4 kids per married couple. I guess the Buddhist establishment takes care of the bachelors and spinsters.
But anyone, it’s just a joy to watch children in a rural setting, where they can play around amongst themselves, unwatched by adults, unbothered by cars and buses, playing and laughing and just being there, learning to live in society. Instead of being thrown into cages (“classes”) from age 2 where they are lectured 10 hours a day on inane stuff made up by evil fat women from the government. Like we do.
Everyone would be more than glad to have 4 children in this kind of environment. They’re just much less work, children raise each other and they’re just a joy to look at. Again, I’m not eulogizing poverty, life in rural Burma isn’t easy, and the people aren’t all happy and good-natured. Poverty is harsh. But the one thing the rural poor in traditional societies do better is raising children. Which is the very thing which we, the richest societies in human history, are utterly incapable of doing. And is this inability which will bury is, likely forever.
Show this video to your mother and just watch her giggle for 18 minutes.