C. S. Lewis once wrote, “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”
The people of China are just that, immortal individuals. They are capable of acts of individual bravery.
They are also capable of acts of unthinkable depravity.
Since last August, customs officials in South Korea say they have intercepted between 17,000 and 17,500 pills filled with finely-ground human baby flesh, which is said to be both a stamina-enhancer and medical panacea in parts of Asia.
The Daily Mail explains:
The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.
The tiny corpses are then bought, stored in household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.
Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummeled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers.
…Even more horrifying, if possible, some are reporting that it may not have only been aborted or stillborn babies used in the pills– it‘s possible that some were born and left to die in China’s “dying rooms” before being ground for the capsules, because they were born into families that already had one child.
Of course, Chinese officials are not responding to media questions, and they are not publicly decrying the situation (nor will they be pressed to do so by South Korea, due to concern over a potential “diplomatic rift”).
God forbid we should cause a diplomatic rift over something as trite as 21st century Soylent Green.
God forbid anyone should question why China retains “most favored nation” status despite Tiananmen Square, its one-child policy and forced abortion. We are urged to accept that tainted milk and melamine-laced pet food are isolated incidents, not examples of a prevailing ethos that scorns fundamental human rights. I’m sure the “stamina capsules” filled with powdered human flesh are just an isolated situation, and not a flagrant in-your-face example of how little the Chinese government and Chinese businesses value ethics and human life in general.
Including the lives of their own people, and especially the lives of Chinese children. Illegal babies (i.e. conceived without the permission of the government and disposed of in the millions each year) are of more value as a “stamina pill” than they are as living breathing human beings.
I submit that the Chinese government does not believe that its citizens are capable of individual splendors, nor does it care about the individual horrors in its midst (it is individuals who are making the decision to produce and market such an abomination, and individuals who are processing the dead infants into powder). As long as money is to be made and power is to be held onto, officially there is nothing untoward occurring in China.
If there’s enough outcry over human flesh sold as a nutritional supplement, the Chinese government will just find some hapless mid level official, execute him, and the “problem” will be solved.
Nope, nothing to see there. Carry on.