|Beijing in line to get in metro to go to work|
Well, I was feeling sorry for myself, when I received this photo from mom, who just returned from Beijing. It gives a quick glimpse of the crowding problems China has been facing. Taxis were not available for two hours though they practically covered the streets during rush hour. I also heard that hundreds of thousands college graduates could not find jobs *each year*, and more who could not even go to colleges face even less choices.
After dinner, I came across an article on Marie Claire international reports. It detailed a story happening in a village in Southern China where some brute force approaches were used to enforce the infamous "one child policy".
So on one hand, over crowding have caused significant pain not just for China but (overtime) severe resource depletion to the whole world. However, iron fist style policy enforcement is also problematic, to say the least, when it affects the very personal well being the government had once set out to serve.
I do not have a solution today, but in light of the world, of 1.4 billion people crowded into 1/3 of the space we live in the US, (as a good majority of western China consists of uninhabitable land,) my problems loom smaller, like dust even, blown away with just the slightest breath of fresh air.