Linda & Richard Eyre: What is the world's biggest problem?

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 2:32 p.m.

    Tyler D: "Always enjoy reading what you have to say..."

    Thanks, and back atcha. You're no slacker yourself, especially when it comes to disagreeing agreeably. "Daedalus, Stephen" keeps raising the bar, though, for both wit and insight. It's hard to keep up with you two.

  • Uncle_Dave Springville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 7:42 a.m.

    Thank you for this article.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 11:47 a.m.

    The world is just fine with fewer marriages. Why do I keep reading articles which claim marriage is the only thing hold society together.
    I would say president who start wars while cutting taxes are much worse for humanity than people delaying or not getting married.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Sept. 14, 2017 9:47 a.m.

    @Lagomorph – “the pyramid is top-heavy, but like a pig through a python it will pass in a generation or two”

    Always enjoy reading what you have to say, both for the intelligent insights and for the word candy… like the sentence above.

    “The Ponzi scheme of exponential growth” was a close second…

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Sept. 14, 2017 9:16 a.m.

    I think the Eyre's underestimate the seriousness of the disintegration of the family. Reading many of the comments on this board, it seems that many now feel that not only are marriage and children an undesirable choice, but they are downright unhealthy and dangerous choices.

    As a next step in the not too distant future, I can see attempted laws limiting family size, a la Communist China of the 1960s and 70s.

    As for marriage (without a pre-nup), it is already seen by the majority of American society as not only just a piece of paper, but a piece of paper that can eventually put you in the poorhouse, especially if you happen to be one kind of gender.

    @Millenial Snow.
    I appreciate your sentiments. However, the answer to the question, "why have children" lies buried in your comment. You mentioned among the burdens millennials shoulder, taking care of aging parents. Well, who is going to take care of you in your old age if you have no children? Oh, that's right...the government.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    Sept. 14, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    I guess what bothers me most about this article is not the conclusion (it was expected. Look who wrote it), but the hollow cry again for "strong voices" to curb this trend. Like the world is basically the same as the 60's when the Eyer's were young, and all that has happened is these young people have just "lost their way", been tempted into selfish behaviors.

    The world is not the same. The rise of the nearly radical libertarianism in the American right should give you a hint that something has changed fundamentally.

    How do expect your children to embrace a personal communal attitude when you as the parent rant about your individualism. They're stealing my money. They don't deserve what I sacrificed for. They're taking our jobs.

    Why do national emergencies where everyone "pulls together" feel so different? Because they are different. That's not how we live our lives.

    The young have grown very naturally into a world of me and mine, and everything around us supports that, from technology, parenting, economics, and culture.

    Here's where we are and we better figure out how to navigate it.

  • Millenial Snow Sandy, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 5:14 a.m.

    If you are of my generation you will know why people are delaying families.

    For most it's because millennials have been handed a changed economy - where the manufacturing base has fallen out and automated workforces have slowly taken over entire sectors. Where student loans are on our backs and benefits are being cut we are forced to take care of our aging parents and young children with no illusion of job stability or promise of a pension. Housing and medical costs have skyrocketed and although CEOs and shareholders are doing pretty well my real wages haven't kept up with inflation.

    So you can come an preach to me about the "selfish millennials" who are afraid children are going to ruin their figure or they would rather buy a beach house, but it is not the real issue here.

    The economy doesn't work the way it used to. It is set up to benefit the very wealthy and the middle class is being left in the dust.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 5:06 a.m.

    I would say climate change will probably have a bigger effect.

    It is something that will have ripple effects in every economic sector in every corner of the world. There will be massive famines, changes in local climates and crops that can be raised there, it will effect coastal cities, marine life, and cause wars and tension for every stressed human population center.

    It will be hard to have a stable family if the planet itself is in flux.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 14, 2017 12:28 a.m.

    @one old man "Almost all the world's problems can be summed up in one word: GREED
    Always has been and always will."

    Well yes, but what drives greed? If you'll pardon me, Marx explains it this way. Most of us live in a world of C-M-C. We sell our commodity - labor, to get cash, so we can buy commodities to survive. In this there is little or no accumulation.

    But capital is driven by M-C-M +profit. Money is advanced to purchase a commodity which is sold at a profit. Money in this flow is power. There can never be enough money or enough profit. Money in this flow is infinitely expansible. Capital wants more and more money and profit. The CEO making 200 million feels disadvantaged compared to the CEO making 500 million. This is the world of capitalist accumulation, boundless, so different from the world most of us know. And this world of capitalist accumulation is destroying society and families with it.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 11:08 p.m.

    Fascism created by folks like the Kochs and the GOP. That's the world's #1 threat.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 10:43 p.m.

    "What is the world's biggest problem?"

    I couldn't say, but I know a major problem is the limited scope and understanding by the economics discipline. Specifically, the theoretical insights of Karl Marx are not part of mainstream economics, crippling that field and limiting our understanding of how a maturing capitalism drives all of the issues in the writers' list.

    Those who've studied Marx know what I mean. The rest dismiss my view as absurdity at least, and subversive at most. My issue didn't make the Eyres' list so I suspect they dismiss it.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 9:38 p.m.

    "What is needed is a strong voice advocating a return to a more family-centric culture."
    Perhaps Sheri Dew should be that "strong voice?"
    There's a reason 51% of women in the church are single. Young men are no longer held to the higher standard of taking the initiative in marrying a young lady and being financially responsible for the future family they will create together. Instead, they are told if they don't have the opportunity to marry in this life, no problem! They will be blessed with every opportunity in the next. The world has nothing to worry about. Women are now "expected" to do it all. Real men needn't apply.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 6:20 p.m.

    Eyres on #5: “Climate change accelerates because we focus more on our individual prosperity and fulfillment than on leaving a habitable world for our children.”

    And yet the most significant key to leaving a habitable world is slowing population growth and eventually stabilizing it, because resource consumption and entropic waste is a direct function of population. The Eyres point to the economic ramifications of a top-heavy demographic pyramid (a few kids caring for a lot of elders), but their solution is to continue to rely on the Ponzi scheme of exponential growth, which will inevitably collapse catastrophically. Yes, the pyramid is top-heavy, but like a pig through a python it will pass in a generation or two. Rather than exacerbating #2, #5 holds the promise of mitigating it.

    #5 may help mitigate the other problems as well. When parents have fewer children, they can invest more resources (time, money, education, moral training, health practices, etc.) into them. That improves child outcomes and overall prosperity. That this is being sacrificed in the name of selfish individualism seems an overwrought fear.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 6:09 p.m.

    Our biggest problem is over population!

    Roads, houses, farms, grazing, all act to destroy habitat of many species. Think of the American Buffalo. Our children will live in a world where a large percentage of the world's plant and animal diversity will be gone!

    The future is one of lots of people, very few large land animals etc.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Sept. 13, 2017 1:45 p.m.

    I’ll go with #2 and #3.

    And what makes them truly tragic (at least here in America) is that for one of our major political parties, denying #2 has become their religious orthodoxy.

    And our other major political barely acknowledges the existence of #3 (certainly with respect to the religious ideology underwriting it).

    Sadly, this makes solving both infinitely more challenging.

    PS – I’m wondering if including #4 on the list was meant as irony since not only is it not a problem, it may well just be the solution to #’s 2 and 3.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door will be opened unto you. The truth is within you, pray that you have the Spirit of Jesus, there lives the truth. It's not an external problem but an internal one.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 11:39 a.m.

    I see the increase in the number of 'nones' as opposed to the religious as a positive, not a problem. Sorry, but churches and religion are not only the exclusive keepers of morality, but way too often act contrary to it.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 11:37 a.m.

    "What is the biggest danger right now?"

    Easy. Donald J. Trump. An unstable narcissist with his fingers on nuclear triggers.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 13, 2017 11:23 a.m.

    Almost all the world's problems can be summed up in one word:

    GREED

    Always has been and always will.