14-02-2012, 04:11 PM
Imagine spending the better part of your lives engaging in social engineering the lives of 2 million citizens and beating them to compliance and creating a socially cohesive and integrated society.
Naturally with the right education and hard work, economic progress and productivity came along and wealth got created. People started leading better lives, which by all intents and purposes, was the whole idea in the first place.
Then some bright spark suggested population control and initiated the STOP AT TWO program. When people actually believed that ideal, things spun out of control and people stopped producing babies. Then STOP AT TWO became HAVE 3 OR MORE.
In 1984, it was suggested as preferable that only university graduates got married to someone intellectually his/her equal, and public housing and education policies were tweaked to favor this national ideal. Remember SDU and SDS, the government matchmaking agencies? All patches of creation for a massive social experiment gone wrong.
A nation so used to being told what to do, is now facing the next greatest social engineering challenge ever : influx of foreigners. It remains to be seen how far the govt will push its agenda before something gives, and patchwork embroideries have to be done once more.