Dateline: Foshan, Guangdong Province, PRC, October 2011. “Girl in Double Hit-and-Run Dies” Yue Yue, a two-year-old toddler, was run over by two vehicles in a hardware market and ignored by numerous passers by. Some 18 people, a surveillance camera shows, passed the accident scene and failed to come to her aid. A full seven minutes after the first vehicle ran over her, a 57-year-old rag collector spotted her and found the parents.
Wang Yang, Guangdong Party Chief reacted with these comments: “Efforts should be made to lift the morality of the whole society and the conscience of everyone and to avoid similar things from happening again.”
Author and journalist Peter Hessler in his highly acclaimed book Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory (2010) notes that many Chinese are searching for some kind of religious or philosophical truth. Has fast paced economic development (some might say rampant materialism) in China put the society’s moral compass into a downward spiral?
Sources: China Daily, October 22-23, 2011, Edward Wong, “Pushing China’s Limits on Web, if Not on Paper”, New York Times, November 7, 2011: A1.
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