Friday, January 12, 2007

Population Problems

I know, I know, as a confessed conservative one would think I would not freely admit that our globe is facing population problems. I've always tried to admit problems on both sides of the aisle, though. Besides, we are facing population problems, so there's no use in denying it. However, the population problems that I am talking about are not what you may be thinking :).

Mother Dear and Ashley always keep me well-supplied with interesting news articles from online sources :). Not 2-3 days go by that I don't get an e-mailed link from one or both of them. And many of the articles they send me have motivated some of my favorite blog posts.

This morning's article was send to me by Mother Dear and can be found here. The article discusses China's growing gender gap. It is estimated that in 15 years, 30,000,000 Chinese men will be unable to find marriage partners, due to the use of gender selection in pregnancies. The truly ironic part of the article comes at the end:

China Daily said one way to solve the problem would be to create a proper social security system so rural couples would not feel they needed a son to depend on when they get old.

Hmm. I can think of better long-term solutions to this problem. More government control is not the solution!!! Aaaaah!!!!! (Breathe, Susan.) Less government control would actually work better. Sheesh. The Chinese government's one-child policy created this problem, so why would they think more control would also provide the solution?

Here are a few of my past posts on population growth/decline:

Interesting Article on Population Growth and Decline

Mixed Concerns of Population

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan, I found your blog through many other blogs, stemming from trying to find support for SAHWs. (It seems you must have children to be a homemaker nowadays.) I think this is an interesting article because I have also read that the Chinese are tightening up their adoption guidelines because they are running out of girl babies for American couples. I did a thesis on China in college and it really depressed me. P.S. I really enjoy your blog.

Becky Miller said...

Population issues are of high interest to me too. Forward along any interesting links you get!

Do you think China's cancelling the one-child policy would balance things out?

Susan said...

Hi, Aimee. Thanks for stopping by!

Becky, I don't think that cancelling the one-child policy would balance things out, though it would help. The policy is *extremely* problematic for two reasons: (1) it has resulted in a lot of couples using gender selection to ensure a son to care for them in their old age, and (2) it has caused a general (not just gender) disproportion in the generations. The number of younguns simply isn't sufficient to care for the aging Chinese population. Our nation is starting to see similar effects, as the boomers retire and begin to die, and we are left with a huge problem in our wake. Millions of our generation and our parents' generation are simply not here to care for our aging population because they were never born. Hmmm. I can envision a suspense/horror/tragedy movie called The Generation that Wasn't. It would make for an interesting screenplay :).

Adrian C. Keister said...

Of course, another possible solution is... REVOLUTION!!! Men in China unite arms against the totalitarian, oppressive government! That's the way. Mayhaps the Christians will lead the way.

In Christ.

Eltinwe said...

Combining Susan's and Adrian's posts... the trouble with the idea of a revolution is two-fold. First, there simply aren't enough men to revolt, and most of them feel obliged to stay and care for their aging parents. Second, there aren't enough weapons to revolt. The first key to oppressing a population is to make it so they can't fight back. China has not done a bad job of this. I'd be in favor of their population taking care of it themselves, but I don't think it will happen.

I agree with you, Susan about similar troubles in America. However, unlike in China, I don't think our problem is as much a lack of children as a lack of expectation that those children there are will care for their parents. The parents are expected to have planned ahead for retirement, and ought to be able to keep themselves in the manner to which they are accustomed, and to have money left over to spoil their grandchildren rotten. Maybe China has it more right than we do!

Susan said...

Well, I wouldn't go so far to say that China is more right on this issue. The problem is that neither the US or China has figured out how to be consistent in their view! China still holds traditional views of sons caring for aging parents (that's good!), but their policies for child-bearing strongly discourage this as a viable option, or make it only an option if we raise a generation of all men, which of course results in self-annihilation. So really their view of aging parents, while admirable, is pointless and no better in practice than the US, unless they can fix their other, many problems.

And you don't think people should spoil their grandkids rotten??? That sounds so, so. . . duh. Hehe.

Eltinwe said...

Yes, you're probably right. I meant merely that their culture has a better idea than ours, but really the effect of the different problems is essentially the same, and their culture is so godless that it's hard to say it's superior to our godless one, and you are right that it is not. There are many problems in both, and the root of them is that they are, in fact, godless, and the only thing that could cure that is rather obvious.

Anonymous said...

It was great seeing you yesterday! Thanks for the apple pie. It was tasty. :-p

zan said...

I made apple pie, yesterday, too. Mine was yummier. ;-)

Susan said...

It was good seeing you too, Ashley :). Jera is *so* cute! And Zan, I think we should arm-wrestle over who had tastier apple pie :-D. What say you?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about that, Zan. Guess you'll have to have a bake-off. :-) Any chance you're coming to Atlanta so we can all meet you?

Anonymous said...

I'm all for a bake-off here in Atlanta! What ya say, Zan??? :-) And I just can't imagine an apple pie better than ours, so you can consider yourself beaten already. ;-)

zan said...

I can out bake all you ladies with my hands behind my back. I can out bake you ladies standing on one leg. I can out bake you ladies with my eyes closed. I can out bake you ladies with crabs down my shirt and earwigs in my shoes. Get it!? I win!

However, you will probably win the arm wrestling contest. I am a huge wimp in the strenght department. One of the perks of being married. You get your own personal jar opener.

I actually have a SIL and BIL who live near Atlanta. We were planning on driving down to FL to visit my vacationing in-laws and stopping to see my husband's brother in Atlanta, but, alas, we cannot leave our furnace. It is old and on it's last days. Leaving an old furnace that depends on us, in the winter time, is not a good thing to do. So, no, I will not be in the Atlanta area any time soon. :-(

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, this I gotta see, Zan! I'll provide the crabs.

Actually, I'd also like to see you and Susan arm wrestle. It sounds like you'd be pretty well matched. :-) I'm guessing Susan and her one muscle (or are you up to two now?) would lose.

Susan said...

I want to have a bake-off with Zan! (More to see her than to actually conduct the bake-off). :-D You'd probably win, Zan. I consider myself pretty good at the basics of baking, but I'm no gourmet. I would love to see with your hands behind your back, standing on one leg, eyes closed, with crabs down your shirt, and earwigs in your shoes. That would be funny! Hehe.

And hey, don't bring my muscles into this, Hannah. And yes, I have two now. *proud grin* I'm a wimp too, Zan, and the joke in our family has always been that if I do something like pick up a heavy box, then I will strain my muscle (note singular). But recently I've said that I think I have two muscles ;-).

zan said...

I'm no gourmet, either, but I do make a mean apple pie.

Muscle (singular) that's funny.