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‎"By 2050, 60% percent of Italians will have no brothers, no sisters, no cousins, no aunts, no uncles. In the 14th century, the plague wiped out 80% of the Italian population. In the 21st century, they are disappearing by choice."




This is flat-out scary... but, unfortunately, is likely only the beginning.


online.wsj.com


theheart

10/14/2012 new

(Quote) Victor-544727 said: ‎"By 2050, 60% percent of Italians will have no brothers, no sisters, no cousins,...
(Quote) Victor-544727 said:

‎"By 2050, 60% percent of Italians will have no brothers, no sisters, no cousins, no aunts, no uncles. In the 14th century, the plague wiped out 80% of the Italian population. In the 21st century, they are disappearing by choice."




This is flat-out scary... but, unfortunately, is likely only the beginning.

At least they will have a mother and a father.



online.wsj.com




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10/14/2012 new

I recall a TV program some months ago, discussing just this issue concerning China. China's one child policy was started in 1978 (with a few exceptions for certain circumstances).


China now has an entire generation where most/many of the population has no brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts or uncles. It is a difficult concept to contemplate.


God only knows all of the implications of this. Even on the very mundane and simple level, it could lead to a very self-centered society. Most kids first experience of sharing and compromising takes place when dealing with their siblings. Without siblings, how do they learn to share and compromise? And with only one child per family, there will likely be much more of a problem with spoiled kids... being showered with all sorts of things that they would otherwise have to share with other family members. I suspect that we should be seeing the results of this right about now (in China), as all of those first "one-child" kids are now adults.


Maybe Italy can study the results of this course in China, and make some changes before sooner rather than later.


Ed

10/14/2012 new

(Quote) ED-20630 said: I recall a TV program some months ago, discussing just this issue concerning China. China's one c...
(Quote) ED-20630 said:

I recall a TV program some months ago, discussing just this issue concerning China. China's one child policy was started in 1978 (with a few exceptions for certain circumstances).


China now has an entire generation where most/many of the population has no brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts or uncles. It is a difficult concept to contemplate.


God only knows all of the implications of this. Even on the very mundane and simple level, it could lead to a very self-centered society. Most kids first experience of sharing and compromising takes place when dealing with their siblings. Without siblings, how do they learn to share and compromise? And with only one child per family, there will likely be much more of a problem with spoiled kids... being showered with all sorts of things that they would otherwise have to share with other family members. I suspect that we should be seeing the results of this right about now (in China), as all of those first "one-child" kids are now adults.


Maybe Italy can study the results of this course in China, and make some changes before sooner rather than later.


Ed

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Another factor in China is the extreme imbalance between male and female births -- 120 males for every 100 females, resulting in 35 million "missing" females.

For some commentary on the implications:

www.guardian.co.uk

10/14/2012 new

Yes, this artificial imbalance really gives a serious meaning to the concept of a "war on women", which is so popular in this current election cycle in the U.S. It is interesting/sad how twisted such a phrase has become in American politics to think that women are being persecuted if they don't have every opportunity to have abortion... even with public funding.


Even if China stopped this one-child policy today, I could certainly see that the numerous and very bad effects of it will be apparent in the population for the next 100-200 years. And China's decisions won't just affect China, but many other nations, including the U.S. for many, many years to come. It won't be good... which is an understatement.


Ed

10/14/2012 new

One wonders if they have never thought about how they will take care of their aging population, with so few of working age to keep the economy and social services going. scratchchin The math just won't work out on this.


Ed

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