... for some reason I was sitting here tonight thinking about the people who say humans should be limited to one offspring in order to control populations getting out of hand (for various reasons - using up resources, pollution amounts, etc etc). Then I was thinking about my parents' generation of people who are hitting retirement age now or within the next few years. And thinking about how life expectancy is so much higher than it was many moons ago....
So, if we suddenly decided as a world to limit our children to one per family, how in heck will those children financially support the aging when they become adults? My mother in law is one of 17 children, my step father in law is one of about 13. My parents came from families of 5 and 6 children. All of them are hitting retirement age, or just entered, or will be soon. If they live another 20 years past 65, which in our families is very common (my gramma just passed away at age 95 for example), and then all the adults of my generation who come from families around 3-4 or more kids hit retirement age - how are my children and anyone that comes from a forced-family of 1 going to pay for that? My gosh can you imagine the taxes? It is just idiotic in my opinion.
There is already worry about when my group hits 65 because a lot of families these days have '2.4 children' and there may not be enough money going into the tax coffers to pay for my pension as it is. What if everyone from now on only had one child and that was all they were allowed? Are the people who call for this rule out of their minds? It drives me freaking crazy to think about it because I don't understand how they think that will make things better on this planet. Yay no pollution - but the aged are living in poverty, or their descendants are in order to pay for their elders. Whoopie. What a fun life that would be! I suppose some of those who call for this 'rule' will be dead and gone by the time it started affecting people so they don't really give a crap what happens after that, and maybe that explains some of it?
Beats me but it really doesn't make sense. Some parts of the world are hugely over-populated but they are often the under developed countries, the poorest ones, so why should the rest of us be forced to have one child? I can foresee some major problems in countries that have already enacted that rule when they see their aged population suffering from the lack of children. I have read that in China, this rule was enacted (for urban areas) in 1979 as a temporary measure, but it still continues and will to this year for sure. I read that sibling-less couples who marry are now allowed to have 2 children in order to stave off a major population decrease, but still - what could happen in generations to come? Will the experiment have worked, or will it cause them deeper issues in years to come? This article from 2009 states that by 2040, the ratio of working age to retiree could be 2:1. Yikes? What do they plan to do about this? The article also states that an official said in 2008 that the program would go on for at least another decade.... that puts it at 2018 which might help them out with that 2 to 1 ratio a bit, meaning children born in the following years would be around 20 years old by 2040... but will it be enough?
I don't like playing games with people's lives like that. And the same can be said about taxation programs of any sort - the more money we put out now, the more our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay to settle the debt. Why is that so hard for so many people to figure out? I feel like everything I allow to happen right now without at least raising my voice in protest over is putting a price tag on grandchildren of mine that are not even born yet. My oldest child is 12.5 and I worry about him too. What are things going to be like when he is my age? Is he going to feel the brunt of decisions going on in Canada and the World today, yesterday, tomorrow? Yes, he will. Because I am feeling the brunt of decisions that were made when I was a child, my retiring aunts are feeling the brunt of decisions that were made in the 60s when they were teenagers, and so on.... it's scary really.
ETA: An Aging Society Is A Dying Society via Al Fin