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South Koreans Say: Work Less & More Love

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 21, 2010

South Korea’s health ministry, which is charged with boosting the nation’s low birthrate, is turning off the lights in its offices once a month to encourage staff to go home early and make more babies.

The ministry said in a statement Wednesday the switches will be flicked at 7.30 pm every third Wednesday in the month to “help staff get dedicated to childbirth and upbringing”.

Those with urgent duties will be exempt from the switch-off.

“Going home early may have no direct link to having more kids, but you cannot just completely rule out a possible link between them,” Choi Jin-Sun, who is in charge if the project at the ministry, told AFP.

Low birthrate is a pressing issue in this fast-ageing society.

South Korea’s birthrate — the average number of babies born during a woman’s lifetime — remained near the world’s lowest at 1.19 in 2008 and there are fears the population will begin shrinking within a decade.

“It won’t be too long before our children are burdened with supporting the elderly,” Health Minister Jeon Jae-Hee told the Korea Times newspaper.

“Korea may lose out in the global economic competition due to a lack of manpower. It is actually the most urgent and important issue the country is facing.”

Married staff at the ministry are not doing their bit, with an average of 1.63 children compared to the average of 1.82 among all civil servants. The ministry aims to increase the figure to 2.0 in two years.

The ministry has various other incentives, including cash gifts, for staff who produce more than two babies. Some local governments also run schemes or even matchmaking services to boost the birthrate.


7 Responses to “South Koreans Say: Work Less & More Love”

  1. dthanja said

    …that…was…a very…cool…and…amazing video! wow, I guess it fits right in with the message from the health minister. My one question would have to be that even if more South Koreans were making the time to dedicate themselves to increasing the population, babies “procured” this way will need about eighteen years to really be of serious use to the workforce…right?

  2. addisabram said

    Thanks, Dthanja! Well, as we are witnessing, South Koreans are fast in realising things that mean serious business. The Korean nation, exculding North Koreans, of course, is arguably the only nation in the history of the world who was capable of achieving a remarkable development within a generation. They probably have intensified thier reproductive human cloning to produce as many babies as possible with or without love….

  3. dthanja said

    In some ways the idea that a nation would even consider cloning as a viable option for increasing future work forces is frightening. In the same breath, humanity has produced the “god-like” technology of cloning… It will eventually be used this way. I guess the main reason, besides the gorgeous girls, I found the video so remarkable is the blatant use of sex not to sell a product, but to bolster a sagging population!

    • addisabram said

      A great observation, Dthanja! I think humanity is tempting and challenging itself to self-destruction. Wisemen and alerted women are hard to find for enlightement — everybody, kind of, seems to be waiting for another “Big-Bang”.

  4. dathanjahlil609 said

    … Yes, Addisabram, the destruction of which you speak is already happening. Of this I cannot help but feel we must pass through if we are ever going to truly understand what redemption and rebirth is all about.

    I also agree that there are wise men and women in every sector of this planet who hold the real keys to that rebirth!

    Glad I found this post, it’s provided me much food for thought… Thanks!

  5. addisabram said

    Hello, Dathanjahlil, I am glad that you’ve been able to find some food for your thought, Thanks! Please do drop in comments, ideas or whatever you feel on the blog — always welcome!

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