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Killing your baby what could be more depraved For a woman to destroy the fruit of herwomb would seem like an ultimate violation of the natural order But every yearhundreds of women commit neonaticide they kill their newborns or let them die Most neonaticides remain undiscovered but every once in a while a janitor follows a trail ofblood to a tiny body in a trash bin or a woman faints and doctors find the remains of aplacenta inside her In China babies are often abondoned near orphanages and found decaying along the streets The Chinese government established population controls that increased the pressure on families to limit reproduction and the religious establishment has failed to take an active role in discouraging neonaticide Religion in China is influenced by three major schools of thought TaoismConfucianism and Buddhism While Confucianism is a major philosophy and Buddhism originated in India Taoism is truly a Chinese religion Regardless of their origin all three major religions are ancient and when practiced today are deeply intertwined in Chinas communist ideology Taoism and Confucianism have co-existed throughout history and are usually practiced together either at different times or as different aspects of the followers overall life While Confucianism largely concerns human society sociarelations and individual conduct Taoism is more individual and mystic and is greatly influenced by nature Buddhism with an estimated 300 million followers worldwide is a major world religion which focuses on individual enlightenment Buddhism also teaches reincarnation - the doctrine that the soul returns in another body - and some Chinese Taoist cults teach physical immortality but none involves resurrection Personhood is both a central problem Buddhist ethics consequently a very promising area for a dialogue The problem for Buddhist ethics has always been why should people act ethically if there is no act no actor and no consequences of action If there is no self or other how can there be karmic consequences responsibility loyalty or
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