|I think I'll go live in a cave|
China. One-child policy. I never really thought too much about China's one-child policy, other than thinking that it's wrong. I never thought about how the Chinese government enforces that law . . . now I know enough to want to put the Great Wall back up - - at least as far as the government is concerned.
A delegation of Chinese officials (11 of them - yes, 11 of them) drove out to collect a fine from some parents for breaching the one-child policy. Well, it didn't go well. The father was understandably upset and the conversation got heated. The officials "convinced" the mother to go with them so they could talk over their "options." Somehow the 13 month old "illegal" child was fatally crushed by a car driven by the officials. He died. Option One. Problem solved.
Another story goes like this . . . A 22 year old mother was pregnant with her second child. The fine was $6,400. They did not have $6,400. An official texted the mother and said "I told you, $6,400, not even a penny less. I told your dad that and he said he has no money. You were too careless, you didn't think this was a big deal." The pregnant mother was sometime thereafter grabbed from her home and taken to a local hospital where she was forced to have an abortion . . . she was 7 months pregnant.
Yes, I must stop reading the news. Or figure out a way to solve the world's problems. Or live in a cave. Or become desensitized to human suffering.
I think I'll stop reading the news.