A WEST Australian medical expert wants families to pay a $5000-plus "baby levy" at birth and an annual carbon tax of up to $800 a child. Writing in today's Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child's lifetime. Professor Walters, clinical associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, called for condoms and "greenhouse-friendly" services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits. And he implied the Federal Government should ditch the $4133 baby bonus and consider population controls like those in China and India. FULL STORY
There was a time when large families were valued. There was a time in western culture when human life was cherished. Times have certainly changed. Now, that same life that was once cherished is now looked upon as a burden.
In the US, 30 million babies have been aborted since Roe v Wade, the vast majority of these for the convenience of the mother. Stem Cell research is applauded, despite the life that is lost in the process. That life doesn't carry much value when it is lost in the name of "research". Most recently I blogged about a British woman who sterilized herself for the benefit of the planet.
And now, an Australian enviro-Nazi advocates taxing babies and implementing population controls. If you think this is fringe, don't be too sure. It may sound outrageous, but many environistas (extremist or otherwise) wouldn't be too opposed to the idea. In the states, we currently give people tax breaks to help raise their children, but if the environistas have their way, this may change.
One has to be concerned when his culture stops valuing human life. It seems like the cornerstone for the survival of a society or culture is the protection and nourishment of the next generation. Has that vanished from western culture? Indeed, if the enviro-extremists had their way, there wouldn't be a next generation. And don't forget, "green" is in. It's the hippest thing since L Ron Hubbard wrote his devotion to self-fulfillment. And when you couple this new fad with a do-your-part call to action, which can include not having babies, then you have created a dangerous situation, ie the beginning of the end for western society.
It's also important to realize that our lack of respect for human life is part of the reason why western society is hated so much by traditional cultures. In my mind, there is nothing more sacred than the life of another human being. It represents the future. It represents the continuation of the work we do, the things we build, the nation we sustain. When we stop cherishing that, we stop living. Eventually, the human race is reduced to shambles. It's self-destructive in a simple sense. If we stop protecting the next generation, stop valuing what they represent, then we risk our own survival. And then, a healthy environment becomes pointless.