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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 
16th-Dec-2005 02:43 am (UTC) - It may be worse...
16th-Dec-2005 09:13 am (UTC) - Re: It may be worse...
I read there were rumours about which had been rebutted. Now it seems they have been true. Let's see whether he admits or not.
16th-Dec-2005 09:20 am (UTC) - Re: It may be worse...
Quote from
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2005/12/16/200512160039.asp

"The close collaborator of Hwang then confirmed from his subordinate working in the United States that Hwang had instructed him to fabricate photographs for the paper."

So he didn't even fake the images himself, but let his subordinate do it. These peoples are so sure of the loyalty of their subordinates. Subordinates will always do what they are told and never speak about it.

Wasn't it the same in UBF when Samuel Lee ordered a missionary to fake the photos in the UBF newsletter?
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