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The two extreme of children

I read two news article about children today. One talks about children in Canada, the other talks about children in India. One talks about the problem of having too much, the other talks about the problem of having next to nothing. The article on Globe and Mail is about Why are children starving in a booming India?. The article on National Post is about The Perfect Child. It is quite unsettling to read the extreme contrast to the fate of children in two places.

The problem for Canadian parent is how to raise a perfect children. The dilemma is having the life of the child too well planned so he cannot learn from trail and error or his own mistake. On the other side of the world, the Indian children are struggling to stay alive. Children malnutrition in India is twice worse than in Africa and five times worse than in China. The problem of teaching children to read and write in China seems like a piece of cake.

The news presents a typical poor Indian family with malnourished child. The dad in the family makes merely US$5 a month, but he spent half of what he earn in cigarette instead of buying food for the children. The family income cannot support a big family but they are having six children. Babies are not breastfeed once he is born, the mother ask the astrologer to pick an auspicious day to start breastfeeding, sometimes the baby is not fed for days or even weeks. Foreign aids agency wants to provide vitamin pills to the poor children, but the Hindu fundamentalist protest the capsule is made of gelatin, a product made of cows.

I feel sorry for the children in India, but their misfortune cannot blame anyone but their own stupid culture. If a culture don’t treasure their next generation, this culture has no future. If a culture treasure cows more than the life of their children, this culture should simply go extinct. It can go extinct naturally with its population die slowly and painfully. Alteratively we can help the culture extinct sooner and better by liberating its people. We should help them move on to a more enlightened culture, even we have to force the liberation. People with a stupid culture has no rights to cling on their culture.

1 comment to The two extreme of children

  • I know many Indians are vegetarian. Those in Canada are either very rich, or in the middle class.

    Same as in China — there are people who are very old-fashioned and superstitious that children suffer from days and days of hunger. Or, they produce poisonous milk products for profitization.

    Let’s have a balanced view here!
    I don’t want to be ‘attacked’ with imperialistic thoughts — but rather, I want to find out a pure definition (like you) through the study of philosophy.

    Cultural difference is always a messy topic.
    Conducting a descriptive research may help you to understand and raise an awareness in appreciating a certain value across cultures. It is too early to draw an inference that certain culture is so-called ‘stupid’ before you can do your homework by studying the definition of an action within that culture and compare the ‘pure’ definition across cultures.

    I’m glad that you’re paying more attention to those who are less fortunate. It is not because they are ‘stupid’; it is because the struggles are embedded through generations… North America also has its own problems; if you live long enough to see them in 5000 years’ time, you will see why and thus inspires us to wonder how these ‘old countries’ can survive for that long… (comparable to Greece, Eygpt…)

    I know that it’s hard to accept the way things are, but hey, it is important to live the present and look for the future. Having compassion is an important lesson in life as it brings your humanity into full blossoming and appreciates the liveliness of earth.

    Work hard, buddy.

    – wife

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