A cruel society

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A cruel society

Post by polo » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:52 pm

I just watched a documentary film on "Unmarried Mothers" in South Korea. The Society in South Korea really has a strong stigma when it comes to Unmarried Mothers. The lady had to give up the baby for adoption.
Yes, of course people will say if you allow this to go on, it will encourage teenage sex and adultery and so on.
But I think the question is more on how we treat human beings who have problems rather than just judge them on moral grounds.
What should be done is the education on sex and availability of birth controls methods freely available for young people. Whether you like it or not this problem will happen. We drive cars and we know accidents will happen if not to you, may be to others. We expect that but we don't expect young people to have sex before marriage this is ridiculous isn't it?
Of course the sex education must come with the moral education. South Korea is also a Buddhist country but why have they not learn to be less harsh and more understanding on this problem.
It seems Japan and China are doing much better when they deal with this problem.

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Re: A cruel society

Post by Aloka » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:37 pm

polo wrote:I just watched a documentary film on "Unmarried Mothers" in South Korea. The Society in South Korea really has a strong stigma when it comes to Unmarried Mothers. The lady had to give up the baby for adoption.
This used to happen all the time in the western world a couple of generations ago. It was considered to be "shameful" to be an unmarried mother, and women and girls were sent away somewhere to have their babies, which were then adopted.


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Re: A cruel society

Post by dharmacorps » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:46 pm

Sounds like a dharma wheel engaged topic to me.

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Re: A cruel society

Post by DooDoot » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:21 pm

polo wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:52 pm
we don't expect young people to have sex before marriage this is ridiculous isn't it?
The Pali suttas do not expect young people to have sex before marriage. Is it being suggested the Pali suttas are ridiculous & cruel?
polo wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:52 pm
South Korea is also a Buddhist country...
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Among those who are members of a religious organisation, Protestantism represents (19.7%) of the total population, Buddhism (15.5%) and Catholicism (7.9%). No religion (56.1%)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_South_Korea
The situation of unmarried mothers in Korea mirrors that of the United States and Canada, in the 1950s and 1960s. To have a child and no husband can mean serious negative social (and financial) repercussions for both the mother and child.

While in the past abortions were easily available (albeit illegal), they are becoming somewhat more difficult to obtain. Korea’s declining birthrate and growth in Christianity (in particular evangelical) have resulted in increased crackdowns on hospitals and clinics.

https://www.korea4expats.com/article-un ... korea.html
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Re: A cruel society

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:24 pm

Greetings,
dharmacorps wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:46 pm
Sounds like a dharma wheel engaged topic to me.
Agreed. If you want to discuss this, please take it to Dharma Wheel Engaged.

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