Make Way! Make Way!

If we are now seeing a revival of Confucian thought, encouraged by the Chinese Communist Party to fill the gap left by the abandonment of communism for corrupt self-enrichment, this is bad news for the rhinos and tigers that would prefer to keep their horns and penises. For the Chinese obsession with longevity, leading to vast consumption of ecologically destructive quack remedies, may be fed by the Confucian assumption that children exist solely for the benefit of their parents. Western atheists might usefully take a break from mocking the Christian belief in a personal life after death to consider whether there might not be something even worse – the determination to live forever or die trying, in a system of limited resources.

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 10:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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