This recent report I read on China Daily (written by an Indian guy from Beijing) really resonates with me. Chinese society is discovering harmful affects of marital breakups what was obvious in many western nations.
According to the report by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Chinese government, more than 1.9 million couples got divorced in China in 2006, an increase of 128,000 couples or 7 percent over the previous year. Between 1985 and 1995, the separation rate more than doubled; it had tripled by 2006.
In the name of progress and development, societies are cracking along its most susceptible faultlines. Families are being ripping apart and the next generation are growing up without the security of a safe home and caring adults. All our economic growth would mean nothing when our homes falls apart and leaves us with no sense of belonging in a increasingly strager world.
What happened few decades ago in the western society is begining to happen in developing nations. Break up of families in China and India are most obvious. Embracing free market capitalism and swelling prosperous middle class, also comes with the weakening within the most fundamental unit of society – family. A nation grows weaker when its families grow weaker. When we strengthen families, we strength communities and we build a stronger nation.