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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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JUST SAY NO TO BABIES: NEW FRENCH BOOK PROVIDES 40 REASONS NOT TO HAVE BABIES

French economist/psychoanalyst Corinne Maier has written a book entitled No Kid: 40 Reasons Not to Have Children. Her book comes at a very inopportune time for the European Continent. When Western folk have largely stopped replacing themselves --Europeans hardly need 40 more reasons to stop having babies. The future is being destroyed by shortsighted, self-proclaimed progressives who have been "educated into imbecility". It truly is as Pope Benedict XVI stated in "If Europe Hates Itself" --"There is a strange lack of desire for a future. Children, who are the future, are seen as a threat for the present; the idea is that they take something away from our life. They are not felt as a hope, but rather as a limitation of the present."

From Telegraph.co.uk: "In France, people go on too much about the glory of motherhood," Maier has said. "I thought it would be fun to take a dig at the myth that having children is wonderful."

"Her French publisher, Editions Michalon, plans on making a fortune out of this book. It sent it out with an odd press release: "What are you doing this summer? Going on vacation, plan on having a bit of fun? Tropical ambiance, no clothes, dirty dancing? Sounds fun? Be careful, danger lurks! No we are not talking about Aids or Ebola but pregnancy; accidents happen so fast."

"Maier complains about all the things that most people with children feel but would never say: the loss of those wonderful lazy weekends, lounging in bed and drinking coffee on Sunday mornings; the vast expense of having a child; the overwhelming sense of responsibility for the next two decades."

"She hates McDonald's, Disneyland and the Disney Channel."

"But most of all, she hates the way that people's lives are curtailed and thwarted when they have children. If people did not have them, she retorts, "they'd think about what they really want and just go out and do it".

"And apparently, while Maier is in the minority, it's a trend that is growing. Last month, the newspaper Le Parisian said that 10 per cent of French women do not want to have children. Another book was published in France in January called Being a Woman Without Being a Mother."