reply to post by Raxoxane
No-they don't have that ability-there is some dreadful deficiency in them.
lol....I wouldn't go that far.
East Asians are lagging in the humanitarian sphere. Which is ironic. As more and more westerners absorb Eastern spiritual ideas (from Buddhism and
Taoism, for example), East Asian cultures remain woefully inept at making distinctions between things.
And it's not just Confucianism. Take Judaism. Judaism and Confucianism have many things in common: a practical approach towards spiritual living that
emphasizes the commonplace. And yet, Judaism has disallowed eating certain animals. In fact, much of what the modern world considers "acceptable" in
regards to animal meat, is largely traceable to Jewish Dietary law. Cows, Sheep, Ox, Poultry, and Fish are basics of most peoples diets. But animals
with paws (felines, canines, etc) are excluded, probably because these animals possess traits considered damaging to civilization (based on a assumed
transference between animal temperament and human temperament).
But Confucianism has always been far more practical. In Confucian terms, most things are appropriate for eating. This is a part of the raw
"efficiency" calculus of Asian thinking. Hunger + Eating = Satiety. How one finds satiety is seemingly unimportant.
After finishing the book "The Devouring Dragon: How China's Rise Threatens Our Natural World", the author quotes a Chinese economist who says,
outright, that there is no people on this planet as selfish as the Chinese. Their complete disregard for the environment, for other animals, and for
the future natural world, is unparalleled. Chinese argue that they are merely following the model established by the west; while that may be true, no
one can deny that Western countries are trying to come to terms with the effect their practices have had on the worlds ecosystem. 100 years later, we
lament at the fact that a large portion of the ancient forests have been expunged because of unrestricted economic plundering of natural resources.
Now China - a nation of 1.3 billion - imagines it can follow the same course, without causing 2-3 times the damage done by western nations. The
Chinese must understand that the environment wont be able to tolerate 500 million people people wanting hardwood floors for their family rooms, wooden
houses, rare skins, etc.
East Asians aren't "innately" unresponsive to the higher morality the west has developed. Many in fact embrace our morality. However, we need to
seriously move away from this cultural relativism idiocy that prevents us from criticizing the blatantly immoral practices of other cultures.
The seemingly callous attitude towards illegal imports of rare woods, like the New Guinean Kwili, the continued ravishment of Indonesian, Brazilian
and central African jungles for woods, leading to their further degradations (and the manifold ecological ramifcations they will create) at a rate
that doesn't allow the ecosystem to recover, all has to be rescinded.
So too, can East Asians come to a proper understanding of how incredibly wrong it is to eat dogs.