The future of families
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.