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Originally posted by christopher_104 at 2007-1-4 02:03
In 1800 it was 978,000,000. I would say God help us ! but I am an atheist
chris, u bring me to another issue:
Let the Young Come and Old Go
Just like certain people have to subscribe to either alcohol or God, whereas they would rather wish to be freed of both, but couldn't, it does not mean they shouldn't continue to wish for it. They should wait for time to pass and that their wish, if persistent, would someday come true.
Well, we should all wish that we could let the young come and old go. Pragmatically, this translates to abolish abortions of the unborn and avoid life prolonging efforts for the born, mostly the elders. Yes, it's like telling the voting population that democratic balloting is bad for you, or explaining to the feminists that gender equity would make lives harder for women. Here, we are asking the born to cast a vote for the unborn.
It should be acknowledged that voluntary abortion, as practiced in the West, and involuntary abortion, as practiced in China, have opposite effects on the psyche of the people. The former downgrades the preciousness of the newborn and children, while the later is a form of sacrifice for the overall good of the society. The fact that the people, especially many of the women, in the West are pushing for abortion, while in China it's the government that forced upon the reluctant population, shows that the former is getting more anti-children, while the later is trying hard to preserve the cardinal instinct of appreciating them.
On the other end of the spectrum, that of the old, world all over is racing into the largest industry ever devised by man -- life prolonging. The indoctrination is also so fierce and complete that here is one perfect crime in which the victims have thoroughly embraced the criminals.
But the truth of the matter is that the single most important wish any person can have in dying is that he could close his eyes willingly. As one Chinese saying goes: the worst thing that can happen to a person is that he "dies but refuses to close his eyes" (死不瞑目).
Are natural births and deaths becoming a thing of the past?
Do we still feel that our children are us, and they continue after us, just as we do for our ancestors? Have we lost the ability to ever feel content that we have lived long enough? Are we really restricted now to only live this one present life, instead the never ending one from the earliest ancestors to the farthest future generations.
Such belief requires us to let the young come and old go. Could we, for once, just be hypocritical enough to wish for the possibility of this kind of eternal life? Why, this is a matter of life and death.