Welcome to Demography Is Destiny. We launched this to counter two media memes: that humans are a cancer which is destroying our planet and that world population is spiralling to unsustainable levels. The real story is that intelligent and inventive human will rise to the challenge of climate change and that our real problem is the coming demographic winter. The editors of Demography is Destiny are Marcus and Shannon Roberts, who live in Auckland, New Zealand. Send them your comments and suggestions. - See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/demography/view/the-coming-great-shrinkage/17434#sthash.FB4nTkZc.dpuf
MercatorNet being a publication which deals with controversy, every once in a while we publish an article which raises my hackles. Such is the case with Joanna Roughton’s review of a book called Spark Joy. How does a book about tidying up become a New York Times best-seller?
I think I know how: by bullying its readers. Here is a paragraph from its manifesto:
“The responsibility for mess and clutter lies 100 per-cent with the individual. Things do not multiply of their own accord, but only if you buy them or receive them from someone else. Clutter accumulates when you fail to return objects to their designated place. If a room becomes cluttered ‘before you know it’, it is entirely your own doing. In other words, tidying up means confronting yourself.”
That is what I call unfair. Life is difficult enough without being forced to confront deep inner fears every time you open your wardrobe. And besides, as far as I can see, mess and clutter are definitely not my fault, just Bad Karma. Why should I feel guilty about it? So I have made a New Year’s resolution not to read Spark Joy. You may feel differently, though: check out the review.
|Silicon soul: The vain dream of electronic immortality|
Nicolas P. Rougier | FEATURES | 12 January 2016
Transhumanists dream of uploading their brains onto the internet. Is this possible?
|Crunch time for those New Year’s resolutions|
Bernard Toutounji | FEATURES | 12 January 2016
Most of us despair of keeping them.
|The coming great shrinkage|
Dermot Grenham | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY | 12 January 2016
A report from the IMF suggests that population decline could come sooner than we think.
|Do you Kondo?|
Joanna Roughton | FAMILY EDGE | 12 January 2016
A book about tidying up has sold 4.8 million copies.
|Does America suffer a malaise?|
Sheila Liaugminas | SHEILA REPORTS | 12 January 2016
Or is it the consequence of a crisis of government?
|A young adult novel with a message of hope|
Barb Szyszkiewicz | READING MATTERS | 12 January 2016
Suicide is a difficult and dark subject.
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