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People's indifference appalling

(China Daily)

15:42, August 19, 2011

The story of a 19-year-old mother strangling her 10-month-old son and even "broadcasting" it live to a QQ group has sparked heated discussions online. Apart from condemning the heartless mother, many are asking what has gone wrong with society, says an article in Beijing News. Excerpts:

The incident doesn't reflect a lone individual's case. It also mirrors the grim reality of the life of new-generation migrant workers, many of whom have unstable jobs, lead poor lives, are low on morale and thus lose faith in the future.

Many people who migrate from rural areas don't have any experience of farm work and long for a good life in cities only to have their dreams shattered. They become desperate and anxious because they cannot go back to farming either.

In fact, many of us are living in an age of anxiety, which is what the period of social transformation brings. In these times of uncertainty, only a few people can be certain of the future. As a result, many become indifferent to situations and events.

All those in the QQ group who "saw" the tragedy unfold should introspect why they were so indifferent to let it happen instead of calling police to stop the murder. We need to reflect on the social reasons behind the incident, too.

In this age of anxiety, if people confront the problems and extend a helping hand to others, they would not only prevent similar tragedies, but also help heal the wounds.

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PD User at 2011-08-3158.178.108.*
What has gone wrong with society you ask? I am a western woman and very ashamed of my evil and selfish culture. It has forgotten the family,filial piety, sincerity and benevolence along with doing good deeds. Please try to follow these practices. Society and family will heal. I pray and you will succeed and ZhongKwor will prosper even more together with rolwemodelling correct conduct to others. In the last few years, you Chinese people, you have shamed your race and culture by showing how the west has brainwashed you with great , sad success. Protect your race! Protect your culture!! Please, for your family's and souls' health!
gtdl at 2011-08-2624.150.34.*
"In fact, many of us are living in an age of anxiety, which is what the period of social transformation brings. In these times of uncertainty, only a few people can be certain of the future. As a result, many become indifferent to situations and events."This could not be more true. Sociologist Zygmunt Bauman terms this epoch one of Liquid Modernity where there are few "solid" aspects of life that can anchor individuals down to reality thus leading to their overall disenfranchisement with the larger society. An interesting question is: where do we go from here and what does morality look like in the contemporary age of uncertainty?
lMr. Longriver at 2011-08-20222.43.82.*
At first,too more understanding is needed indeed .But the most important is to how to face difficult and adversed position .Here many Psychological doctors are helpful.
  

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