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What can I suggest to people living in communities who believe the more children one has, the more helping hands there will be for old age?
In a few days, the total world population will exceed the 7 billion mark .
I live in India, and work to help people understand the hazards of an ever increasing population. During my visits to villages & small towns in India, I try my best to educate but sometimes my arguments fall short in the face of their strong belief systems regarding population.I have seen people who already have 25 children in their family and are still trying to conceive more. The worst part is when I try to convey the consequences, they have excuses like:
We need more earning hands otherwise we will not be able to sustain in old age. Children are God's gift, we shall not challenge God, and so on.
Here in TED, I am asking everyone to let me know if you have faced,or dealt with these issues, or people that feel this way. How do you convince them? You can suggest just a one liner, but I want to have a real impact on the listener. To be honest, I have fallen short on words many a time when attempting to convince a particular class who has been deprived of a good education and lack understanding of this very basic global problem. I feel TED members may share something that may have, if not everlasting, at least some, impact on them.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.