So go ahead, blame our parents, leave the poor gahmen out of it.those folks are just instruments to the whole societal circus. The gahmen thinks they can manipulate nature and social dynamics with carrot and stick. But the long tail of cause and effect has already set the ball rolling long before the time of the current gahmen.
Look at our economy, who needs a kid? In an agricultural landscape, a farmer needs manpower to till his fields, and tend to the livestocks. So the cheapest way to get help? Make their own! Its free and they could live off the land, so it make economic sense. the more kids they have, the more manpower is available to help with the work.
Besides, the farmer’s kids can see a continuity in life. when his old man dies, he will take over the farm. and when he dies, his kid will take over… the continuum is theoretically linear and pathological.
In modern Singapore? I’m an employee… what else can i give to my children? no land, no cattle. My flat? The gahmen will take back in a matter of time. So what can my kids expect to get from me? my money? hell, its not even enough for myself, lest i hand over to them? There is no continuity, Singaporeans cannot see a continuity. so why should they bring another life into this society where they know that their kid will probably end up working their ass off like the parents? It makes no sense!
So the odds are firmly stacked against us. Stop blaming the gahmen for being ranked 185 in a 196 country listing by UN for TFR (Total Fertility Rank). The top of the list is an African country called Niger, under military rule most of the time. If the critics like to take a swipe at the gahmen for this falling birthrates, they could buy a plane ticket to Niger, learn from the finest in procreation, come back here and teach the good decent Singaporean how to ‘do it’ the African way. And still it will miss the bull’s eye by a long, long shot.
Its our parents’ lousy sales pitch, it has been, and always the long tail of cause and effect. And there is not a damn thing the gahmen can do about it.