“The state of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with a population larger than Brazil, has announced draft legislation which would see anyone with more than two children denied state benefits, subsidies and government jobs. After a family has two children, there will also be incentives if one of the parents undergoes voluntary sterilisation.”
Question: Do you think such initiatives are correct?
Answer: We must not sterilize people like animals. People need to figure out themselves how to regulate the number of children they will have and why they do it.
Question: Are you suggesting a serious educational process?
Answer: Nothing will work without it, not laws or coercion, only creating a framework that a family would be proud of the fact that it brings up not a large number of children but rather special children.
Question: This revolution in thinking must take place by providing them with education?
Answer: Of course! And it will happen anyway. Otherwise, look at what kind of country it is! I was in India, I was in China, and I saw a big difference between people.
Question: Should it be carried out not by a bill on limiting the number of children, but by constant, structured education?
Question: It is interesting that in Europe everything is the opposite, they have to subsidize families to have children. Yet, in countries like Africa and India, families must be subsidized to have fewer children. Why is this happening? What is this different way of thinking in people?
Answer: It is all based on religious beliefs and principles.
Question: Why does a highly educated person, let’s say, with three or four degrees, want fewer children?
Answer: He wants quality instead of quantity. He understands that the main thing is quality. He wants his descendants to be educated, to understand, know how, what, what they live for, create the right environment around them, and put their children on their feet in turn.
Question: And if people would voluntarily have many children and give them good education, is this a cultural feature? Do they do this consciously? Do you welcome this?
Answer: Of course.
Comment: Our people always had many children.
My Response: First of all, it was a small nation. Second, one did not replace the other. People were encouraged to have a large number of children, but every person, every child, at least every boy, had a teacher who educated him. The family has always been proud of the fact that its children, sons, as a rule, were educated. “Look how many pages he knows by heart!” And so on.
That is, it was like a highest ideal, a reward, approval. Everyone aspired for a child to become a sage.
They do not have that there.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/15/21