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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 Mostneonaticides 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 founddecaying along the streets The Chinese government established population controls thatincreased the pressure on families to limit reproduction and the religious establishmenthas failed to take an active role in discouraging neonaticideReligion in China is influenced by three major schools of thought Taoism Confucianism and Buddhism While Confucianism is a major philosophy and Buddhismoriginated in India Taoism is truly a Chinese religion Regardless of their origin allthree major religions are ancient and when practiced today are deeply intertwined inChinas communist ideology Taoism and Confucianism have co-existed throughouthistory and are usually practiced together either at different times or as different aspectsof the followers overall life While Confucianism largely concerns human society socialrelations and individual conduct Taoism is more individual and mystic and is greatlyinfluenced by nature Buddhism with an estimated 300 million followers worldwide isa major world religion which focuses on individual enlightenment Buddhism alsoteaches reincarnation - the doctrine that the soul returns in another body - and someChinese Taoist cults teach physical immortality but none involves resurrection Personhood is both a central problem Buddhist ethics consequently a verypromising area for a dialogue The problem for Buddhist ethics has always been whyshould people act ethically if there is no act no actor and no consequences of action Ifthere is no self or other how can there be karmic consequences responsibility loyalty oreven compassion Scholars continue to be divided over whether Buddhism suggestsdifferent ethics for those who persist in the
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