In fact, the pandemic brought something good: it showed us what the world would be like if ideological green extremists won.
Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, now asks his citizens to take advantage of the enforced home lockdown by "making babies". It is a poor delusion. Coronavirus will empty the Western cradles.
The coronavirus pandemic will lead to a collapse of births, due to the traumatic economic uncertainty, the lack of a vaccine, the psycological effects of most dramatic images of this crisis: overcrowded morgues, mass graves, hospitals out of control, bloodbath in the nursing homes. In Italy, in vitro fertilization has been already stopped due to the emergency. It will mean the loss of 4.500 new births.
But Europe’s fertility was already falling before this pandemic. The virus is simply going to accellerate some of the Western existential weaknesses. It will be a poorer Europe, one more divided than ever, even less open to new life.
These are the people whi for years asked the West to have less children.
Writing in Le Monde, the French anthropologist Bruno Latour explains “the pathogen whose terrible virulence has changed the conditions of existence of all the inhabitants of the planet, is not the virus at all, it is human beings!”.