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Koreans and ethics 
22nd-Nov-2005 10:16 pm
Dilbert
The news are currently talking about the case of the Korean clone researchers Hwang Woo Suk and Roh Sung-il. I am asking myself, if Korea is such a Christian country, why don't they have ethical norms forbidding cloning humans and playing around with human embryonic stem cells? In Germany (considered spiritually inferior by Korean missionaries), both is forbidden. It fits into the picture that these researchers not only engage in unethical cloning of humans, but even used unethical means to get the needed human eggs.

I noticed Koreans show deficient ethics in other areas, as well, such as euthanasia:
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200504/kt2005040117114110220.htm
Or abortions - the reported abortions rates are incredibly high though the real rates are probably much higher:
http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/ab-southkorea.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=12178427&dopt=Abstract
http://www.dhushara.com/book/orsin/rites/korea.htm
Many Koreans seem to condone abortion and silently tolerate it. Even a Korean UBF "missionary" told me that abortion was not a real problem "since the Bible does not say anything about it". Reported cases of forced abortions by UBF leaders including Samuel Lee were simply ignored by the UBF Koreans, it did not seem outrageous or even mentionable to them.

I have the impression that Koreans have difficulties having a sense of "life ethics" or overall "Biblical ethics."

(I'm only talking about the democratic and Christian South Korea, not about North Korea. It makes no sense speaking about ethics in North Korea. I read torture, forced abortions and infanticide are the norm in North Korean prisons.)

I found one article that tries to explain this "ethical defects":
http://www.slate.com/id/2128361/

But I think this explanation is not really sufficient.

(Please do not think I want to bash Koreans. I want to understand them.)
Comments 
23rd-Nov-2005 06:13 am (UTC)
if Korea is such a Christian country, why don't they have ethical norms forbidding cloning humans and playing around with human embryonic stem cells? In Germany (considered spiritually inferior by Korean missionaries), both is forbidden.

When I visited Korea a few years ago, I felt like I was in Sodom and Gomorrah. For example, I happened to take my preteen nephew to a computer store to buy him a gift. When I entered the sotre, I had to take him out of the store right away. There were all kinds of pictures, posters, CDs with women's pictures not appropriate for him. I asked him why he wanted to go to that store. He said he and all other kids go there sometimes with their parents to buy games. It was never like that when I was growing up and even at the time when I left Kroea to come here. I think American culture is much more decent than Korean culture now. The divoce rate in Korea is now somewhere at 50% now.

Koeans seem to think that they have become like the people of one of the rich Western countries because the degree of sin they enjoy in Korea measure up to almost that of those rich countries now. Especially Korean young people seem to measure up their wellbeing by comparing the degree and the variety of their enjoyment of sins against how the rich Western countries enjoy their own sins. You can see this by just visiting some of the websites of Korean TV stations or movie theaters. I think American young people have much higher standard of ethics and morality than Korean young people. It is because Korean young people blindly admire the cultures of rich Western countries when American young people do not blindly admire the cultures of rich Western countries. I even read a Korean newspaper article criticizing young Korean college women of rich family who are sleeping with foreign english instructors to learn english from them. Some lawmakers in Korean even talk about making English the officail language and dump the original Korean language. Korea needs more prayer support than any other nations. UBF should pray for Korea to become a holy nation.
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