[lit-ideas] Re: On China's one-child policy

  • From: Ursula Stange <ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:37:41 -0500

Wise and observant, as always, Lawrence.   I'm reminded of the Aristocratic 
tendency to give the name and estate to the oldest son and send the others 
either to the Church or the military to make their way.  

on the shores of a frozen lake
(and frozen everything else)
in North Bay, Ontario

> On Feb 21, 2015, at 10:00 AM, Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
>             China’s one-child resolution has bred
>             A generation of soldiers who prize
>             Themselves as their mother’s do.
>             They whine and want to quit.  The
>             Generals are vexed.  In my case
>             My mother signed so I could enlist
>             At seventeen.  She still had my brother
>             Who was twelve and another newly
>             Born.  It wasn’t just that though;
>             I was overly independent,
>             Prone to fight and with
>             A chip on each shoulder –
>             Just the sort to be shipped
>             Off to whatever wars
>             We wanted to pursue.  As to my
>             Worth my mother said years later
>             She wished she’d stopped
>             Having children after me.
>             She would have been able
>             To cast me into the priest
>             Of her mind’s eye.
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