Where are the children?

After I wrote a Susan’s Musing about China’s failure to undo its disastrous ‘one-child-only policy, I found out that Japanese attempts to increase that country’s birthrate are also failing. It turns out that when countries realize the economic and social disasters awaiting them from not having enough children, it isn’t so easy to turn things around. Amazingly, (and yes, my tongue is in my cheek) cash incentives and a government “go for it” aren’t enough to encourage people to have children.

While concerns about money do, indeed, cause people to hesitate to have children, giving money or benefits like free childcare as an incentive doesn’t lead responsible, married couples to have larger families. It seems that once you convince women that children are an impediment to achievement and detrimental to a fulfilling life rather than a blessing and gateway to a fulfilling life, it is hard to demand such a sacrifice from them.

Perhaps there should be a warning  label attached to social engineering: Unintended consequences may be hazardous to your health.

3 thoughts on “Where are the children?”

  1. Wait! Do you mean to make the point that God intentionally created everything and gave us the instruction manual to all applicable things in life and if we humans would have followed it with all of our hearts, mind and strength, that huge social problems like these could have been avoided!? I am not great at sarcasm; but, of course, this is true. I greatly enjoy the real life examples that both of you bring up in all of your resources that outstandingly answers this question with a solid, logical “YES!” I selfishly pray that God blesses both of you so that you can continue to do what you are already doing and much much more.

    1. Rabbi Daniel Lapin

      Thanks very much for your prayers Mark–
      We need them and appreciate them.
      My car came with a nice thick instruction manual in the glovebox and the world got one at Sinai. Same function.
      Cordially
      RDL

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