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11 April 2017 @ 06:12 am
"Nature wants 5 of your 7 children dead. It wants you dead by 50. Everything better than that is brought to you by science & technology"–David Frum

ETA: There are two things wrong with this quote:
1. It’s overly optimistic. The men live to 50; the women die at 25 after bearing the 7 children
2. It personifies. I don’t believe Nature wants us dead; it just acts that way.

Being a person, I cannot believe in a personal God, either Earth Mother or Sky Father. If Nature were a person, it would be the sort of abusive parent whose rule is: “If I catch you not paying attention to me, I will hurt you. And I may hurt you anyway.” But the first step from paranoia to paranoid schizophrenia is taking it personally.
Fionasemperfiona on April 11th, 2017 02:38 pm (UTC)
Further correction
The man lives to 50, having outlived at least two wives who died giving birth to one of the seven children. His third wife outlives him, because she manages to avoid getting pregnant before he himself succumbs.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on April 11th, 2017 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Further correction
Fairly common pattern
Sharon Kahndreamshark on April 12th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
This is one of my pet peeves. An average lifespan of 50 does not mean that the "average" (typical) person dies at 50. The 5 out of 7 dead children takes care of that all by itself. A lot of people have to live to the traditional three score and ten to average out all those dead babies.
eub on April 13th, 2017 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Elenbarathielenbarathi on April 12th, 2017 11:33 pm (UTC)
A lot of the men don't live to 50, because they die in battle, or from hunting or herding accidents.