Social scientists warn us the family is disintegrating and may not survive this century.

In the most recent issue of the Futurist, a magazine published by the World Future Society, the lead article discusses the book 1984. Eric Blair—a British author better known by his pen name George Orwell—wrote the book over thirty years ago, describing in gripping detail the horrors of life in a though-controlled totalitarian England of 1984.

The novel has come to haunt the Western World. 1984 has become a code word for the new science of futurism. The article points out that Orwell made 137 specific predictions about the future, over 100 of which have already come true. He predicted three super-powers waging “continuous warfare of limited aims in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, defoliants that would strip the earth barren, think tanks where experts plan the future, helicopter gunships, large TV screens, voice analyzers, data banks containing detailed personal information, rapid retrieval of data. “A number of his predictions relating to medicine have come true—artificial insemination, subcortical surgery, and the state using drugs to control behavior (interesting in light of recent revelations about the FBI’s and the CIA’s expensive research on behavior-altering drugs). But I found most interesting of all Orwell’s prediction of the breakup of the family and the dissolution of emotional ties between men and women and their children.

Most people understand “family” to mean “parents and their children,” but only one U. S. household in three consists of parents and their children. An increasing number of homes have only one parent. One-parent families are growing about twenty times faster than two-parent families.

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