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The future of families

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I m really in a fucked up state of mind, reason is that some of the blogs that i read are really contaminating my state of mind, i read some post of ” what is the importance of reading a fashion magazine” and another one about monkeys pulling some girl’s hair. I dont know why i read them but these kind of things puts me in some strange mental loop which i m unable to put in words.
I cant write after reading such posts, so this is kinda jabardasti post, so u might lack something.

If you see family as a social unit then we realise its a very efficient one. First they are singular units, then they form a pair of two, they give birth to their kids and making a family. Parents take care of their kids when they are young, and those kids when they grow old take care of their old parents and also their young kids. So the family system is very practical. When humans started out they used to live in groups they were more like hunting communities rather than families. A group of families living together, it was a logical structure as it was safe to live in group and it also helped in hunting. Those were mixed and bigger families. And when humans discovered agriculture it was then that the family system came in. Families began to work like an separate unit. I mean it was very efficient and there were lot of kids and around 3 generations lived and worked together. The distribution of labour worked well in that scenario, with men working out and women cooking and taking care of the kids, it was very logical and economical. A perfect solution i would say..

Since industrialisation and then globalisation this concept has been witnessing constant disruption. Kids are lesser in numbers. And once they become productive they have to leave the family to seek work. They move out to different places and start their family there. The number of childrens living with their parents is decreasing. This leads to imbalance the parents who have now grown older and are not economically and physically productive are left to fend for themselves and their childrens dont want to carry un necessary burden of the their older parents. And this things are just the begining and the families will get more fragmented as we move forward.

The only reason why families exist today is because they need to take care of their childrens. It has lost the distributed labour advantage. Today mostly the male and female parent both are working and anyway there is no one to take care of the children. This is where the problem starts, you cant have 2 units in the same group doing the same work, work and responsibilities need to be distributed. The increase in divorce rates and all suggests that families are not logical anymore. Still we will be continuing with family system for some centuries but this system is not going to last for ever.

I m of the view that in future may be a 200 or 300 years into it, the concept of family will only be in our history books. Humans wont be compatible to live together. There will be phenomenal rise in boarding schools, as and when childrens are born they will be designated to it, and they would stay there untill they are ready to work their ass off in the real world. Neither their parents would live together, since living together will lead to more fights and all. Slowly it will make sense to live singularly.

As i have said before humans will grow more emotionless, and these are the developments that will be leading to it. A child without family, and people living individually without much emotional contacts are the stuffs that will make us emotionless. And we will realise in the fight for survival emotions dont figure atall in the list of priorities. We will all become robotic, just working.

And further into the future people would stop having sex and all reproduction will be done in artificial environment, all the childrens will be test-tube babies. The eggs would be mixed randomly, here the stuffs would get very selective, and sperms of people who have criminal pasts wont be used. Only sperms and eggs of highly intelligent and successfull people will be mixed together to generate a effiencient work force for the economy.

Sex will be totally recreational and it will all be virtual, machines and simulators would be used to provide the pleasure of sex. The way we jumped from real games to computer games, the same will happen, we will shift from real sex to virtual sex, virtual sex will offer much more variety and enjoyment than real sex. If you have been ever to secondlife.com you can get a glimse of how future will be.


P.S. i hve not given any statistics but if you search for it you will realise that the trend does exist, the number of people living individually is increasing year by year.


Written by maya

March 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Posted in uncommon

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  1. Hmmm… There are some grave issues you are highlighting here and I am in full agreement with it. But, I am not sure of the future implications of changing family norms. I don't honestly think I will live that long to see the changes you are predicting that could come by. I cannot falsify your prediction, but there is a very high possibility that you are right. A very thought-provoking post!

    Vittaldas Prabhu

    March 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

  2. Very frightening predictions and very far-fetched if I may say so!!I think human touch is the most important thing in this world and well, according to your predictions it will cease to exist and the only thing that humans will live for is money, money and money which doesn't seem so likely but who knows??


    March 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

  3. we will certainly not be seeing this happen in our life time,, but it will b able to see the signs of it.. technology will alienate us from physical society and we will be totally unsocial.. if u just think what advancement technology has done in last 50 years, u can assume what it can done in next 200 to 300 years

    Uncommon Sense

    March 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

  4. @abhi i know its more sci-fish but its very possible, and it can happen sooner than we expect.. the trend is already shaping up, the patterns are clear…the only reason we have families are because of fear of being alone, and once technology overcomes that.. there wont be need of any families

    Uncommon Sense

    March 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

  5. Baap re! this seems quite intoxicated and juxtaposes an intrinsic inequation to falsify the claim to life. Honestly speaking, a family is also there to teach selfishness, dominating and autocratic overtones … and so much more.A family has to evolve, not necessarily being addicted to money and sex only. We are still experimenting with Western ideas, but very soon some of it will go through a setback. Union is important as a society, but it needs to be seen how we unite back again.


    March 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm

  6. @idle.. i never said ppl will move away from family because of money and sex, what i m saying is ppl will lead an individualistic life because it will make more sense owing to the technological advancement, because ppl wud b becoming more unsocial, and it wud b impossible for unsocial ppl to live with others..

    Uncommon Sense

    March 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

  7. This writing really makes sense. It touched my heart and somehow I have learnt one thing that still there are people who are in-born different. Have a great go!

    Dibakar Sarkar

    March 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

  8. @dibakar.. thnx for the compliment. glad to know it makes sense to u,

    Uncommon Sense

    March 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

  9. very thought provoking articleabout past the life span was very short.about future yes it can happen and now also it is happen.


    March 18, 2010 at 4:04 am

  10. @ Uncommon Sense – I never said you wanted to highlight money and sex as a cause to move away. I wanted to highlight that we are just experimenting with the West, technology can be a provocation … but man has to unite, there's no way he can survive on his own.


    March 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

  11. Uncommonsense..bringing the uncommon best for us through the blogWonderful post yar..reading it again..


    March 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

  12. Interesting thought.I agree that family is losing the meaning that it once hold. If one looks at the west, its already taking place the rate of divorces going up, child born out of wedlock, etc.The future is uncertain, who knows maybe the aliens will try to invade the earth and we humans might understand the meaning of family 😀

    The Survivor

    March 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

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