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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

accomplish nothing unless it is accompanied with and directed by a clear 

intellectual vision manifested in individual and social action based on 

that clear intellectual vision. 

 

The writer above quoted from says of this developing period: "It is 

today beginning to be seen that the old notion of progress by means of 

reckless multiplication is vain. It can only be effected at a ruinous 

cost of death, disease, poverty, and misery. We see this in the past 

history of Western Europe, as we still see it in the history of Russia. 

Any progress effected along that line--if 'progress' it can be 

called--is now barred, for it is utterly opposed to those democratic 

conceptions which are ever gaining greater influence among us. Moreover, 

we are now better able to analyze demographic phenomena, and are no 

longer satisfied with any crude statements regarding the birth-rate. We 

realize that they need interpretation. They have to be considered in 

relation to the sex-constitution and the age-constitution of the 

population, and ABOVE ALL, THEY MUST BE VIEWED IN RELATION TO THE INFANT 

MORTALITY RATE. 

 

"The bad aspect of the French birth-rate is not so much its lowness as 

that it is accompanied by a high infantile mortality. The fact that the 

German birth-rate is higher than the English ceases to be a matter of 

satisfaction when it is realized that German infantile mortality is 

vastly greater than English. A HIGH BIRTH-RATE IS NO SIGN OF A HIGH 

CIVILIZATION. BUT WE ARE BEGINNING TO FEEL THAT A HIGH INFANTILE 

DEATH-RATE IS A SIGN OF A VERY INFERIOR CIVILIZATION. A LOW BIRTH-RATE 

WITH A LOW INFANT DEATH-RATE NOT ONLY PRODUCES THE SAME INCREASE IN 

POPULATION AS A HIGH BIRTH-RATE WITH A HIGH DEATH-RATE, WHICH ALWAYS 

ACCOMPANIES IT (FOR THERE ARE NO EXAMPLES OF A HIGH BIRTH-RATE WITH A 

LOW DEATH-RATE), BUT IT PRODUCES IT IN A WAY WHICH IS FAR MORE WORTHY OF 

OUR ADMIRATION IN THIS MATTER THAN THE WAY OF RUSSIA AND CHINA WHERE 

OPPOSITE CONDITIONS PREVAIL." 

 

The evolutionary process which all students of sociology clearly 

perceive to have been underway in the matter of the attitude of public 

opinion toward the birth-rate, and which is now underway with increased 

impetus, is perceived to be a natural process. It is a natural process 

which has been underway from the beginning of the living world. For a 

long time it operated and manifested along unconscious and instinctive 

lines of activity, but now it has emerged into the light of human 

consciousness and manifests along the lines of conscious, voluntary, and 


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