The following is 'hearsay' evidence gathered during a trip to China in July, 1997. We have no reason to disbelieve its accuracy.
No more aunts...uncles... cousins...
This is the reality they're having to face in China - in the cities at any rate, where, we are told, families are limited to one child only, whatever its sex.
For those living in rural areas, it's as many children as it takes to produce a son.
Put in the language of the headline above, it is a very emotive concept... no more aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters... but in China, there is no other option left open to them. Their population burst its banks years ago.
How Chinese population policy is enforced, what happens to transgressors, and, more importantly, what happens to any children that are 'illegally' produced, are questions we are still trying to find answers to. If you can help, please send your information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the only country in the world with a halving policy, China's experience should be closely watched by all other nations, including those who feel 'comfortable' about supporting their populations.
Human ingenuity in the form of intensive farming techniques and machinery and chemical fertilizers has overcome the one natural limiter to our growth - namely, starvation. But all these artificial aids do in the long run is amplify the problem and cause further damage down the line. Our continuing reliance on artificial methods of food production could eventually be our downfall.
By feeding and keeping alive unrealistic numbers through artificial means, we destabilise the whole structure of our existence. We are taking bricks from the bottom of the building to extend it yet higher... and higher still. China has reached her ceiling, and we have the opportunity to glimpse ours through
News just in...
We've just been contacted by a reader who has discovered some valuable information on the following URL
On first reading, it looks like a treatise AGAINST one child families, but if you look beyond the emotional fog, and imagine how much better a caring society could manage this issue, then the superficial aspects will give way to the major consideration here, which is: 'It's got to be done SOMEHOW. The question we should be asking, therefore, is 'how?', not 'should we?'