Monday, June 20, 2005

Germany and the End of the World

After watching The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I was inspired to think about how life would be after some catastophe on Earth, like a nuclear winter or a meteor hitting the planet, for those who surived it. I was musing outloud to a German friend and said: "Can you imagine how it would be to live with the memory of a better life, and know that it won't get better in your lifetime, but knowing that you would have to live in order to continue the human race in the hopes that it will one day be better for them?"

My friend, known for his dry humor, replied: "Yeah, I don't need to imagine that. That's how life is in Germany now. Except Germans refuse to have children in hopes of a better future." (For those who don't know, the economy is making a downward spiral, unemployment is at a record high and the social state built up in the 1960s is falling apart. And Germany has a negative birthrate.)

5 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

ah, you left me wanting more on this one.

5:25 PM  
Blogger HookersGirl said...

Yeah lets make some baby's!!!! *hahah*

5:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

If you like a good read, you should find a copy of "Alas, Babylon", one of my favorite books. It's a fictional story about surviving a nuclear war...it was really good.

7:02 AM  
Blogger AlliCadem said...

Don't forget that the Muslims are all showing up to Europe, too, making tons of kids to replace the non-existent German and French babies.... Not to be mean or anything, but that kinda worries me!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Bluesman said...

Actually, the "Sozialstaat" was started earlier by the Christian Democratic Union and chancellor Konrad Adenauer. When he reformed the retirement programm (its origins lay in the Kaiserreich), Adenauer said: "People will always have children."

5:58 PM  

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