An Aging Humankind: New Realities
Sometimes there is foolishness in wisdom and wisdom in foolishness and there is a great deal of wisdom in the praise of foolishness (Encomium moriae) as was published in 1509 by Erasmus of Rotterdam: “All things in life are so multifaceted, contradictory, and obscure that we can never be sure about the truth.” Some 150 years later, Blaise Pascal reflecting on this in his Pensés sur la religion (1669) said “Yes, but it is not certain that everything is uncertain.” There are some realities. There are old realities and new realities. This paper will discuss some of the new realities.
KeywordsVariant Projection Total Fertility Rate Replacement Level Universal Declaration Musing Statement
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