This post is a brief personal take on how western democracies are handling the problem of explosive population increases.
If you catch yourself wondering about the seemingly unique and chaotic environment we currently live in, this personal opinion post might resonate with your own thoughts.
Briefly, I believe current “austerity” policies in the west are moving almost seemingly geared to achieving what the “one-child” policy achieved in the east: a population increase halt.
This will be verifiable when census figures are published and compared against past results. I am willing to bet that there will be a measurable decrease in child birth: a necessary measure to counteract explosive population increases and the linked scarcity problems we are already witnessing.
The lifestyle and declared moral values of western democratic economies could not accommodate the drastic measures eastern countries were able to adopt to decrease population numbers. For this reason, it could be thought that governing bodies have had to resort to the “democratic alternative” to the one-child policy in order to control population numbers… This alternative would be to decrease:
• Respect for Dignity
• Respect for Privacy
• Access to shelter
• Child related benefits
… in order to reduce the quality of life index and the correlated child birth. A young western couple, with few means to live comfortably, is then under indirect social pressures to opt-out of having children they cannot afford.
Comparing both eastern and western measures, I still prefer the latter. What I wonder is, how is child birth managed in countries with no declared social/moral code (i.e: democracy)? Is the youth of those countries expected to cover for the future workforce demands of the west?
Have you considered this issue and what are your thoughts on it?
Image source: Wikipaintings.org “Crowded City” Artist: Mark Tobey Style: Abstract Expressionism Completion Date: 1974
*Published on: Nov 25, 2012 @ 15:00*