My wife and I love to watch "Wheel of Fortune" (we almost don't miss an episode). At the beginning Pat Sajak goes around and interviews each contestant to find out where they are from, what they do, who they are married to, etc.. I personally use this information to choose who to root for. We don't bet on it but it makes it more interesting. I have a few deciding factors that help me decide. If they are from the Chicago area, a government employee or a lawyer I automatically put them in the "don't root for" category. One thing that used to put them in the don't-root-for list was if they said they were "proud parents of 2 (or more) fur-babies" (cat's, dog's, rabbits etc). This phase is being used more and more by the Millennial generation. In fact, research is showing married couples under 35 are more likely to have pets than children.
This used to bother me but now I see it as a blessing. I see our country divided differently today. It's heathen verses non-heathen. In a hedonistic society everything is about YOU. It's all about YOUR pleasure. It's all about YOUR life. It's all about YOUR career. It's all about YOUR experiences. For non-believers the world is a very scary and short-lived place. It's all about sucking all the marrow out of life that you can before you are turned back into dirt. This fear guides all your decisions. You feel you have to get all your ducks in a row before you can even BEGIN to think about kids. You need your career in place. You need to get your 401k fully-funded. You need to get your McMansion set up and see all the major sites in the world because kids take that away from you. First they date for 5 years, then they live together for 5 years, then they get married and live another 5 years before they start to the process of making babies. But then you find your 38 years old and your eggs aren't worth crap or his sperm count is diminished to almost nothing because of all the "stress" you endured working for the McMansion and the career. For many young couples today pets replace children. They dote on them, train them, feed them, take pictures of them and show them off to others. They are cheaper too. No clothes to buy (unless you feel you need to), no college to save for, no piano lessons or dance recitals to go to. No nasty notes from the teacher that require you to have meetings with them. If you need to run off to Bora Bora then it's off to the kennel for them. Easy Peasy!
I looked around me and made an interesting observation. The only young couples around me that I saw having kids were Christian couples. You see, they are not living in fear of the future. God has their back and their children. He is with them all the way. The Bible says, "Perfect love drives out fear!". That is what God does in our lives. He drives out fear much like Jesus drove the money changers from the temple who were making God's house a den of thieves. They are not living in fear of death for they know there is much more that awaits them after death. God has promised and has made it known to us by the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.
But that observation showed me that there in lies the answer to hedonism. Ultimately hedonism is it's own worst enemy. The heathens encourage their side to not have children. They tell them that they can have it all without children and the world will be better off too. But this means that the heathen eventually will die off and it will be the non-heathen (the Christians) who will repopulate society. It may take 2 generations but eventually things will change. Currently our country is still dealing with the most Hedonistic generation to have ever lived: the baby-boomer generation. This generation is now moving into their end-years and are now in it's final convulsions of trying to accomplish all they can before they take their last breath. Baby Boomer 1.0 gave birth to Baby-Boomer 2.0 which felt families should only have 1 or 2 children. Now Baby-Boomer 3.0 is being taught to have 0 or 1 child or not get married at all (most 20 year old are living together instead of getting married). Eventually the baby-boomer generation and their ill-thought-views will be wiped from the face of the earth like a nightmare that is soon forgotten.
Hedonism is really the source of it's own destruction.