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Firecrackers An Explosive Morality IssuePop Bam Boom These are the sounds one hears passing by a Chinatown around February of every year Indeed these are the sounds of firecrackers which are distinctive features Chinese people use to welcome a new beginning on Chinese New Year According to older generations firecrackers are considered not only a sign of getting rid of the old and welcoming the new but are also believed to be able to dispel the evils As a result Chinese families deem the activity as an important one and in turn the moral debate continues to arise However it appears that this tradition is kept at the expense of innocent peoples lives However can anyone imagine how many people have died or have been injured by these explosive devices An event of happy celebration frequently ends up being a tragic one This leaves questions that need to be answered Should peoples lives be sacrificed in order to keep the tradition of a New Year celebration Does a ritual time of joy outweigh the grief it causesLing is a Chinese man who happens to be a Taoist Taoism is one of the great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China The goal in Taoism is to be one with Tao to find the way Ling respects the long-held Chinese tradition of setting off fireworks in celebration of the Chinese New Year no matter what the consequence As a Taoist he seeks to become one with the celebration the New Year itself and becoming one includes a traditional fireworks display This quest for oneness with the fireworks stems from Lings Taoist belief in the importance of ritual For Chinese people both in China and in ethnic communities around the world the New Year is the most important and most festive ritual holiday of the year Throughout centuries of Chinas agrarian tradition this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in
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