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Quite right - bad things do happen everywhere, and the spirit of what I wrote holds just as much sympathy for victims of callous actions around the world as for victims inside China's borders. Although a person's suffering anywhere on earth should give us pause for reflection, this particular story did unfold in China, and as this is the forum of the China Daily newspaper, this country seems a logical place to start to express some of what we might think in response. Drawing attention to others' faults does not conceal one's own shame, nor diminish one's responsibility. Shame should be a catalyst for action, not for excuses. I would like you to realise that this isn't a contest between countries, but a valuable opportunity to talk about this one (as that's where most of us live), and about how to make its tomorrow a safer time than yesterday for us all...
(...I say 'us all', rather than 'wandering infants', in deference to seneca's last comment - although I hope it may be apparent that my proposals apply equally to accident victims of any age, ethnicity, or other characteristics).
The circumstances of Wang Yue's death are hardly unique in the world, but their extremity has unleashed a great deal of dicussion during the last two weeks. My hope is that the interest in this case will not go to waste, but might instead become the fuel and foundation for everyone in China to talk about what WE CAN ALL DO to make things BETTER.
I hope that this conversation might be forgiven for seeming to make capital out of tragedy, but I personally feel that had it been my own child's death, I would find some gratification, if not quite comfort, in hearing that other people in my country had noticed, and that some of them had even cared enough to do something to show a more genuine regret for her death than first sensationalising it, and then allowing it to be repeated indefinitely into the future. To reference seneca, again, we have to start seeing victims as people like us, not as statistics that can be allowed to pile up out of sight.
@expatter… 'preciate your support for this thread, btw.