... is a common fallacy among us Cassandras. Here's an example.
As night is falling, we might say, "If things keep going this way, we can expect all of our plants to die! Without the sun, they cannot survive! We need more money for research."
I added that last part because I thought it was funny. Your mileage may vary.
Societies can learn from mistakes and that's a good thing. Dig this.
Americans are more likely than they were three years ago to say single women raising children on their own and couples living together without being married are bad for society, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in October 2021...
Some 47% of U.S. adults say single women raising children on their own is generally a bad thing for society, an increase of 7 percentage points from the 40% who said the same in a 2018 Center survey. A smaller share (43%) says it doesn’t make a difference, and just 10% of adults say it is good for society.
Here's the chart accompanying the article.
At first, it seems odd that women are the most likely to say that single motherhood is no big deal. After thinking about it, I'd suggest that there are two primary reasons for this.
- Women are thinking about what it would be like to be shackled to a bad husband, or one they perceive to be bad.
- Women are much more sensitive to criticism and are much more likely to feel group affinity than men.