From the point of countries, politicians will perceive the ongoing situation as a wake-up call with regard to lower birth rates, more demands on houses, and more energy consumption. Firstly, more single households mean more single persons, and the population will shrink in the wake of falling number of married couples. Secondly, more houses are required to fulfill the need of individuals, which cause cities even more densely populated. London is a famous example; the number of houses has been stimulated by 48% over the past five years, and 80% of them are for singles. Finally, the consumption of electricity and gas will soar when more people choose to live on their own, and it will further pose a threat to our livelihood.
Captain Holly has just finished telling the story of how the Sandleford warren was destroyed by humans. People filled in as many of the rabbit holes as they could, pumped in some kind of poison gas, and shot the rabbits that escaped from holes they had missed. The only reason Holly and Bluebell escaped was because they remembered a seldom-used run that led far into the forest and away from the humans. In Holly’s mind, humans are mindlessly destructive, however a human reader will understand that the Sandleford warren was destroyed to make room for a real estate development.
When, as you represent him, Anthony Esolen states that “the words of our day,” “democracy, diversity, equality, inclusivity, marginalization, misogyny, racism, sexism, homophobia, imperialism, colonialism, progressivism, autonomy (among others),” “are simply terms of political force and have no real meaning anymore,” hasn’t he overstated the matter? No real meaning? I suspect that most people, of whatever political stripe, would recognize that, though they may sometimes, or even often, go together, racism and sexism are two distinct things. I suspect that, if asked, most would go on to say that the two words designating them have different, but real, meanings.