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What happens when you dilly-dally with Mother Nature?

Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 11:11 AM

The news out of Beijing, China this morning is so predictable that I wonder it even made it out.

It seems that 24 million Chinese men of marrying age face the possibility of remaining alone the rest of their lives.

And Chinese officials didn't see this one coming?

In 1979, the Chinese government took the drastic step of controlling its spiraling population increase by adopting the "one-child" policy. As a result, Chinese families put their baby girls in over-crowded orphanages to face who-knows-what, while the families "tried again" to have a boy baby.

When the use of ultrasound technology became prevalent in the late 80's, women could determine the sex of their babies, so it was easy for them to abort the female fetuses.

Current figures from China (Pop. 1.3 billion) say that the country "has averted 400 million births" since that time.

What did they expect? If you're going to monkey around with Mother Nature in such a callous fashion, you can expect your policies to have bad consequences.

Some of these disastrous consequences:

* Men with lower incomes are having trouble finding wives.

* The lack of wives is causing "a break in family lines."

* The chance of getting married is rare if a man is more than 40 years old in the countryside. As a result, these men will be more dependent on social security as they age and have fewer household resources to rely on.

* Abductions and trafficking of women are "rampant" in areas with a high ratio of men.

* "Illegal" marriages and forced prostitution are also problems in the areas overpopulated with men.

I have often wondered about the social status of the female orphans who manage to make it to adulthood. This new report makes me wonder if those women are the ones who are being "forced into prostitution." How could these poor lost souls possibly be considered "acceptable wives" in a hide-bound system like China?

It's possible to draw all sorts of lessons from this country's experiments in social management. I'm also sure that we, as a Christian nation, can make some observations along those lines as well.

The Soviet Union dissolved in 1989; if and when the Communist government of China meets the same fate, it will leave a wide-spread path of destruction behind it.

From the sunny streets of Advance, Mo. in the far northern stretches of Stoddard County, Southeast Missouri, this is your rural reporter, Madeline, hoping for a warm up.

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I suppose the all-wise Chinese had never considered what was in the future with an all male population. Where were all the intellects when this idea was proposed? Glad FDR never proposed this ides 60 years ago.

-- Posted by changedname on Tue, Jan 12, 2010, at 1:48 PM

I saw a heart-breaking undercover report on Chinese orphanages several years ago. I'm pretty sure it was Lisa Ling who smuggled a camera into the facility and shot footage of the conditions.

One little girl was especially tragic, and I've worried about her ever since. She was probably about one year old and had been strapped onto a potty chair, so that workers wouldn't have to change her diaper (a common practice, I gathered). Another child was hitting her on top of her head with a heavy metal toy, and she had learned not to cry, because no one ever came to her rescue.

What gets me is that there are Americans willing to adopt these abandoned girls, but the Chinese government doesn't want to let them go. Why not?

Cruel, cruel, cruel system!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Jan 12, 2010, at 3:03 PM

I dilly dallied with Mother Nature once. Got home at 4:30 AM, smelled of cheap wine and perfume, and looked like a mess. Sure was fun though.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 8:46 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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