I don’t know what spurred on this column about life in the “civilized west.” It is more direct than his usual:
Oblivious to experience that amply demonstrates it’s easier for two parents to support 12 children than for 12 children to support two parents, we try putting the burden of our support til we’re 120 unto the one lucky child we didn’t abort.
Had I been born a little earlier, say, 30 million years ago, in the same place, I wouldn’t have become a columnist. What geologists call the Pannonia basin was the bottom of a shallow sea then, covering much of Europe. Born in such a place, chances are I would have been an ancestral fish. I couldn’t have participated in building a society in which the least safe place is the womb and babies have no one to fear but their mothers. Yes, I would have missed something for sure.
I don’t know what brought this on, but I like it.by