Reaping what you sow, or don’t sow in this case
Over at the Weekly Standard, Jonathan Last has a fascinating analysis of the demographic trajectory China finds itself embracing as an unintended consequence of their One-Child policy. Having come to the forefront of our collective attention with Biden’s recent comments, Mr. Last answers his question regarding the verbal admiration for this policy with this observation:
But the more charitable (and likely) explanation is that people who claim to admire China’s One-Child policy simply don’t know very much about it. Like where it came from. Or how it actually works. Or what it has really done to China’s demographics.
And he then goes on to explain the history, methods, and what it has really done to China’s demographics. His conclusion:
For the Chinese, this is the scariest number of all because it suggests that even if One-Child were lifted tomorrow, it might not matter. If One-Child has eroded not just real fertility, but even the desire of the Chinese to have children, then there is no way out. Governments have tried coaxing and coercing people into having more children than they want to for centuries and it never—literally never—works.
China’s One-Child policy has been a demographic disaster for China. And the worst is yet to come.
The reality is that once again man’s “wisdom” is absolute sheer folly compared to God’s:
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3-5 [NKJV]