The Chinese government recently announced an ease on the one-child policy that has been implemented in the late 70’s in order to control the growth of the Chinese population. This measure has been extremely criticized as it has many effects, not only on the families, with many forced abortions on second unwanted children, but also on the society itself, as the labor force decreases (3.45 million in 2012) and the elderly population will reach one third of total by 2050. Why the Chinese leaders are conducting such demographic engineering?
Heraclitus of Ephesus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher well know by his thoughts on change and movement. For him, everything was in constant change, nothing remained still.
In the last centuries, changes occurred in a quantum leaps, every big change (the control of fire by early humans, wheel, metalwork, steel, etc.) came with some period of stability, where humans could be used to each change before the following came.
Heráclito de Éfeso era un filósofo griego pre-Socrático conocido por sus pensamientos sobre el cambio y el movimiento. Para él, todo estaba en constante cambio, nada permanecia quieto.
En los últimos siglos, los cambios han ocurrido en saltos cuánticos, cada gran cambio (el control del fuego por los humanos, la rueda, el acero, la metalurgia, etc.) han sido sucedidos por periodos de cierta estabilidad, donde los humanos disponían de tiempo y generaciones para acostumbrarse antes de que el siguiente cambio se produjera.