Fertility rampant

...from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Somehow I got confused. I thought that the Fertility Week starts today; and that it is another United Nations initiative. No so. I overlooked it; and it is only an Australian one. I hope I will be forgiven; for me, alas, this is a subject of rapidly diminishing concern.

In case you also missed it, all this fertilising (?) was happening 1-7 September this year: “Did you know, infertility could be reduced by 50% through healthy lifestyle choices and timing intercourse during the fertile window is also crucial?

Niger.familyI do not know about Australia, but in other places the message got through loud and clear, like, for example, in Niger, which has the world’s highest fertility rate, 7.6 children per woman. The country is predominantly Islamic and its current population of 17,000,000 is expected to grow to 55 million by 2050. Islam encourages polygamy, thus, according to the local medics, every new wife tries to prove her worth by having more children than the co-wives.

Niger has been free of colonialist (French) shackles for more than a half of a century – since August 1960; and according to the UN’s Human Development Index it is the poorest place on earth.

And now the good news: “We’ve bought and received shipment of a reconnaissance plane, a spy plane purchased with 7 billion CFA francs ($13.5 million) of our own funds,” said Hassoumi Massaoudou, Niger’s minister of the interior and public security.

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About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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