'You are only a girl. You are spilt water': This cold, dismissive expression is universally used about unwanted daughters - and to their faces. Photo: UK MailOnline
From the thought to the deed. After that, everything depends on the potency of the deed and the power of the doer.
During the middle of the last century, one man believed it would be good for the population of his country to grow because other countries would be afraid to attack such a large nation. Because he was powerful, he gave the order and over the next couple of decades, the population grew from 400 million to 700 million.
Then he had another thought. His nation could leap forward if he reorganized economic mechanisms, moving to communal agricultural and manufacturing units.
"Swollen-headed and completely violating economic laws, he showed no concern for the well-being of the common people when he formulated the general political line of overtaking Great Britain and the United States, launched the Great Leap Forward, and set up people’s communes (known at the time as the “Three Red Flags”). ...His fantasies mobilized the entire population into action, launching an era of fanaticism. The country resonated with grandiose slogans like “the land will bear what the people dare” and “blood, sweat, and tears will turn a harsh winter and a cold spring into a warm summer.” ... In the “race toward communism,” the farmers were driven to work in the fields by torchlight at night, and to sleep outdoors on the cold, damp ground for months at a time." Source
An estimated thirty million lost their lives in the famines that followed.
Like the sorcerer's apprentice who'd lost control of his spell, he needed change. How could he undo the population growth he'd called forth? A new idea came to mind. So in the mid 1970s, the strength through numbers policy was replaced by the new public policy of "Later, Longer, Fewer". In the 1980s the people were promised that their country would acquire superpower status if only they were willing to limit the size of their families to one child. The results looked promising.
"Although it has been condemned by most of the Western world for denying couples their reproductive freedom, it has had spectacular benefits... Not only did it halve the birth rate, but there were amazing reductions in maternal and infant mortality. With excellent availability of ... oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, no-scalpel vasectomies and condoms, and safe back-up aspiration abortion, this country has led by example." Source
An estimated 100 million babies are missing from their country.
The country is China, the man is Chairman Mao, and the missing babies are girls.
By 2020, there will be 30 million more men of marriageable age than women. Already, the imbalance is leading to childnapping, with fears that increased crime, increased prostitution, increased homosexuality, and disintegration of families will be but a few of the pressure valves that provide release from this Mao-caused social instability, ultimately impacting China's economic competence.
I do not agree with the view that to be moral, the motive of one's action has to be benefiting others. People like me want to satisfy our hearts to the full, and in doing so we automatically have the most valuable moral codes.