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Q: will china ever adopt a concern for human life?

8 years 50 weeks ago in  Culture - China

 
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Someday...yes. It will happen after punishment by the government is enforced. As for now, it's taking care of your own and doing whatever you can to get ahead. After all, if you don't get in trouble for running someone over, why would you care? They have not grown up in a society where they were told to care, where they would get in trouble if they didn't. There are different values and priorities here. Besides, people here don't seem to pay attention to where they're going when they're walking. I'm sure that includes driving, it's just a hell of a lot more dangerous. You've seen the driving here, right?

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The sad thing is, that the country has too many people and it's beyond the governments monkey sphere (the whole idea that one death is a tragedy but 1000 is a statistic). So no, while the government has a voiceless lower class, there will no meaning the an individual human life.

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laws dont tell me to stop and call and ambulance when i see someone hurt, laws dont tell me to at the very least look in front to see where i'm driving. i do it because i dont want to hurt someone or see someone suffer. i once saw a driver hit a kid who had darted out in front of the car. (usa) the driver immediately stopped even though they were in extreme shock. when people around realized what had happened we all ran to the kids aid and got him from under the car , called the nurse from the school to look after him. it was a group effort, why? because we care for human life, i am shocked that in this country ... to say that people in in this country have complete and total disregard for human life is not strong enough. it does not accurately describe the culture here. what is it? what can make human beings behave like dumb rodents?
after the scene had cleared the young female driver sat on the side walk for hours with her head in her arms. everybody knew exactly how she felt, even though it was not her fault the kid darted out from 2 parked cars, and she was not speeding but she as a human being did not want to see or especially cause harm to come to another. that is tough to deal with. but the soulless monsters here, i cant describe it. too treat a fellow human being like trash. the more and more i see of this country i see that this is truely a despicable place and i cant wait to finish saving enough and go back home to civilization

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In a country of so many the individual loses importance. I can't see the general populace ever being truly concerned for 1 random person in the middle of a huge city.

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I don't understand this at all. I actually just saw a clip from a link here and it showed a 2 year old kid being run over by 2 trucks and then 10 people walked or drove by. No one stopped. How shocking is that? It was awful, both to see it and to the response. Sad Sad

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The kid is still alive. Thank god.

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Even if people are worried about being blamed for the accident and are to cowardly to help, they could have at least made an anonymous call to 119. Truly disturbing. Even more disturbing however is the Chinese people's comments from NetEase, Sina, and Sina Weibo... Most of them are like this:

"Those above who are saying that our countrymen have become numb, I want to ask simply: What would you do if you ran into this kind of thing? Don’t just blame this or that on this internet post, would you risk being accused of being the perpetrator? Would you be willing to dump your entire family’s savings into the endless vortex of accident compensation? You aren’t afraid of going to jail as the perpetrator? Have you not considered that one moment of greatness could mean your entire family losing their happiness with you? Do you know just how many Nanjing judge [case results] there are? Do you think it is only Nanjing? The consequences of moral turpitude is not something that you and I can rectify. We are just ordinary people. Seeing this kind of thing, I can only describe it as heart-breaking, but I would be numb/indifferent like those 18 people…because I am a normal person!!!"

Something is just wrong here.

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look at the difference between westerners and chinese. chinese are willing to risk their lives to save 25rmb, but unwilling to take a small risk to save a little girl in need
westerners are willing to risk their lives to save another human being.

http://www.echinacities.com/in-pictures/1792.html

http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/viewthread.php?&tid=715780

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She's dead.

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This kind of shit makes me ashamed to be a human.
And what does it say about a society that allows innocent people who help others in time of need to be sued or arrested?? I blame government laws and policies just as much as the cold blooded bastards that look the other way.

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Terrible story. Difficult to understand how basic human nature can be overruled by the fear of financial ruin. To have this type of reaction you would have to think that this behaviour was taught and reinforced in all levels of society, because it is obviously nurture not nature. I do not frquent any Wiebo type forums, but if the general consensus is that this is acceptable then that is indeed very sad.
I also have limited knowledge of the law here, but are people saying that if you help someone you could be sued or blamed for the crime or is this another of the falicies that have permiated society here.

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Woody, I actually researched it a bit after seeing what the poster wrote on the question about helping an elderly person. Apparently it's called the "Peng Yu" effect. An elderly woman fell back in 2006 in Nanjing and a guy passing, named Peng Yu, stopped to help her. Afterwards she sued him claiming that he pushed her, although from what I can see it is common knowledge that he didn't, and was able to claim 45,000 yuan. Attached is an article that talks about it.

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Before you judge someone walk a mile in their shoes, that way you're a mile away and you have their shoes!

 
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Yes, China will - someday - enter civilisation, and adopt a concern for (someone not related to you) human life...

But it won't be for at least 40 years - and probably closer to 100 or more - and ONLY if the law changes, AND the government makes a big conscientious effort to change people's attitudes.

Perhaps they need a law like the French "Good Samaritan" law - where, if you are able, you are LEGALLY BOUND to stop and help at an accident.

Please remember, however, that even in many western countries, if you injure someone while trying to help them (even if it's your job!) you can still be sued for damages... one of the big differences is, witnesses are less likely to lie about what they see, and judges are more likely to be unsympathetic to a 'victim' whose life has just been saved. In Australia, all ambulance and first aiders are indemnified from litigation if they correctly perform what they have been trained to do.

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