Cultural deform

We watched that House episode the other day, the one with the Chinese girl who’s parents had tried to murder her. I was thinking, wow that’s horrible; that a culture could come to a point where it’s normal for parents to murder their own offspring because they’re not what they wanted. That’s horrible.

But then I thought further: in our culture, parents murder their own children because they’re inconvenient. It’s not normal-but-illegal, it’s legal and actually encouraged. We have the right to kill our offspring, and we don’t even call it murder.

It always worries me further because the son of a couple I know was born before the abortion cut-off date. At that time in China they ‘murdered’. Here? We have a ‘minor operation’.

What have we become?

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