Quote from the a link to Global Cooling reads "By 2025, the earth will be home to nearly eight billion people – two billion more than today "
1. As an aside, I recall a few years ago China hit the 1 billion, now its much more (sorry if Im being vague here - but the numbers are not pivotal to what I want to say). I mention a couple of observation which has more to do with the Chinese policy of single child per couple that the global problem of overpopulation.
a. no siblings
b. no cousins
c. no relatives other than your mum and dad (and theirs before them)
d. make the best of the time you have bringing up your one and only child
2. Have you ever considered what the Chinese are giving up in being limited to one child? Not only will the next generation not have any brothers, but the one after that won't have any cousins either !! Think about that for a moment . Surely we gain a massive dimension to life by the fact that we have relatives - a recent Time magazine claimed that our siblings have a massive effect on us, our personality, how we view ourselves, socialise, slot into social roles, "games" etc.
3. Single children in Aus "often" (ok sometimes) tend to introduce themselves almost selfconsciously (wild generalisation I know) as " an only child" - they are frequently keen to marry and have a large family (imho). - Lol while those from larger families tend to have fewer kids (again imho). But in China every child is a single child (with a few excptions in the provinces).
4. In old times, Family trees expanded (going up the page). The font used for each generation started large - slowly decreased - until only the smallest font could be used after a few generations in the topmost braches. Obviously with the one child policy it's the reverse. Many trunks culminating in a pinacle - 16 families being fed in at the bottom, one child at the pinacle (after 4 generations - let's say a male) and looking around for another clumb of 16 trees from which a single member (hopefully female) might be available.
5. Good news I suppose is that if you dont have any relatives, then there's no chance of marrying one accidentally - lol none of those little complications that start to make a family tree look a bit like an ivy vine. (Everything's relative - where I come from we're all relatives too - go to family reunions to pick up on chicks etc THe good news is that every child in China will know they had 16 great-great- grandparents whereas we in aus might have just 14 or 15 lol. (especially around the time of the Rum rebellion lol).
6. Then there's the effect on the joy of parenting. I met a young Chinese Engineer working for the Chinese Govt Overseas Engineering Corporation - posted to Polynesia to construct some bridges. He was out there on a 3 year contract. Whilst he was away his wife had their child and brought her up to the point where she could say goo, crawl, make mum and the gradparents laugh, first funny steps in wide eyed wonder, etc. Meanwhile he was not allowed leave back home - and his wife and child were not allowed to come to see him. He considered himself lucky to have a prestigious job sweating away in the tropics - though over a brandy I think I detected a hint of pain in his face - I felt pity for him. This cruelty that was being inflicted upon him.
Hey - I dont expect this to be a long thread, but I couldn't find another arena that fitted this topic. Maybe others haven't realised these little points either. Anyway
a) enjoy your kids, if you're lucky enough to have them, and
b) spare a thought for the Chinese (and other nations eg parts of India) adopting this policy.