Woman left to die on busy Chinese road reignites debate on ‘moral failings’

 
The woman in the screenshot above has just jumped off a bridge onto a busy Chinese highway. In the video from which this screeshot was taken, it is clear the woman is still alive as she lies sprawled in the middle of the busy road. The video shows that not a single car stopped to help her for over a minute.
 
Three weeks after a similar story involving a little girl named Yue Yue sparked outrage around the world, this latest tragedy has reignited the debate in China on the so-called ‘moral failings’ of Chinese society.
 
The scene was filmed by the passenger of a car on a highway that circles the city of Chengdu, in the Sichuan province. It was posted online on November 2. In the video, you can hear another passenger calling emergency services for help. Around them, vehicles slow down, swerve to avoid the woman, but keep on going. The video was posted on the online forum Chengdu QQ and has generated over 73 pages of comments.
 
 
Last month, a little girl called Yue Yue was hit by a van and ignored by 18 passersby in the Chinese city of Foshan. Her story made national and international headlines. This type of incident has happened in China before, but also in other countries. In some countries, such as France, there are laws that punish those who fail to assist a person in danger, but not in China; many there are now calling for such laws. For our Observers in China, the country is currently going through a “moral crisis.”

“We close our eyes to block out others’ suffering, and our shame”

Yang Ruoying is a student in Ningbo, a city in the province of Zhejiang.
 
At first I didn’t want to talk about Yue Yue’s story because I was too ashamed of my nation. Would future generations ever forgive us? We close our eyes to block out others’ suffering, and our shame. If things go on like this, we’re going to lose our humanity.
 
I myself witnessed a similar scene. Last February, I went to Wal-Mart with some classmates. I was standing at the cash register when I saw a customer lying face first on the ground. Other people were walking over him quickly, as if he was contagious. No one enquired as to why he was there, no one went to ask him how he was doing. He was lying there in agony near a cashier, who didn’t stop working even for a second. I imagine that she didn’t want to get into trouble. As I called the police, another customer told me that it was none of my business. I tried to help the man on the floor, but someone else stopped me. The man ended up getting up by himself, hiding his bloodied face in his hand. Since then, I have had the feeling that my country has lost all sense of values.
 
Photo sent by Yang Ruoying.
 
The Chinese government launched an ad campaign on CNN and in New York’s Times Square to restore our nation’s image, but one of my Chinese friends studying in the US said he felt even more ashamed. For him, those ads were an implicit recognition of China’s moral failings, of everything that is wrong with our country.”

“These videos only show part of the story”

Pu Zhiquiang is a lawyer in Beijing.
 
It’s hard to only accuse the onlookers in these stories. There are reasons behind this behaviour. In 2006, a court in the city of Gulou, in Nanjing, sentenced a man called Peng Yu to a 40,000-yuan fine. [The woman accused Peng Yu of beating her, while he maintains that all he did was help her get to the hospital after she fell to the ground]. I understand that people are concerned of falling into this kind of trap. I think these videos only show part of the story. I am sure there are many others who would spontaneously help a person in need.
 
Chinese law does not punish those who do not assist a person in danger [although lawmakers are currently working on a law that would]. But I believe the problem is mainly a moral one. The limits between good and evil are less clear than they were before. The number one value in Chinese society today is hedonism.
 
There is a general climate that favours immorality. Government officials lie; leaders break their promises, etc… That being said, maybe the possibility of expressing ourselves online will spark an in-depth debate on our values.”

“We should value the notion of community and common good over that of individual happiness”

Cao Yuchen is a student in the city of Wuhan.
 
People express outrage on the Internet; they say they would have acted differently. In fact, no one is ready to act. Every Chinese person ought to be ashamed. We have to try to understand how we got to this point.
 
A lot of things are going wrong in the education system. We’re taught to be better than our classmates, to compete rather than work together. This promotes selfish behaviour. We should value the notion of community and common good over that of individual happiness.”

“People look out for themselves above anything else”

Liu Aixin is a professor in the city of Hefei.
 
It is undeniable that indifference is gaining steam and empathy is slowly disappearing. Try asking a pedestrian for directions – most won’t respond. The reasons for this indifference are complex. Morals have disappeared from our society. No belief is greater than that of the pursuit of material wealth and well being. People look out for themselves above anything else.
 
Personally, I have no power to change society, but I do give advice to my students. I tell them that, in this kind of case, it’s important to assist the person in danger, even if they may run the risk of facing false accusations.
 
People tend to blame others for their mistakes, but the real question is: what would I have done? It’s hard to say. Maybe nothing, like all the other pedestrians. It’s essential to ask this question of ourselves.”

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china as super nation

china is oneof the super 5 and is diong every thing they they can to remain there not minding what or how her citizens are fending.

Not quite the same as the little girl

The little girl was just a child, this person obviously was attempting to commit suicide. If the laws in China are anything like the laws here in California people are too scared they will be sued if they attempt to help. Sad, but true.

Left to Die.

Read the parable about the good samaritian.Many passed by,Thats society for you,and it is'nt confined to any one country.You Boss at work is'nt interested In why you are late for work.And I doubt if it is off interest if you stopped to help.Maybe you Observers instead of Observing take up beign good samaratians ,Better than been Observers ,anybody can Observe .Words come easily Actions .Well thats different.

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It's going to be end of mine day, except before end I am reading this impressive article to increase my experience.

A follow up of the woman who jumped off the bridge

A follow up of the woman who jumped off the bridge, an a reaction of the driver that filmed the incident
http://www.gochengdoo.com/en/blog/item/2471/women_who_jumped_off_bridge_in_stable_condition_netizens_react

Of Course They Ignored Her!

What do you expect in a country where the government has terrorized its own citizens for over half a century?! Everyone's afraid of their own shadow in China. Except for the elderly, today the majority of Chinese have lived their entire lives in bone-chilling Communist oppression, cut off from the rest of the world, taught that political toadyism is the only means of advancement, and punished whenever they think or do anything outside the party line.

Communist China is not a "user friendly" culture at all, which is a crime because there is otherwise much beauty in Chinese culture and history which the Communist government oppresses unless it suits their on propaganda.

The late, great actor Peter Ustinov said it best when he said the Communist have it all wrong by stressing the importance of the group as opposed to the importance of the individual. All ideas come from individuals, not from groups. Solve the problems of the individual and you solve the problems of the group, not the other way around.

This crime of ambivalance is a direct result of the Communist government devaluing the individual, so no one is inclined to help an individual in need. Don't want to see this happen again? Then the Chinese people should overthrow their oppressive and evil Communist government and hold fair elections as soon as possible.

People in china

The people here,Ignoring the injured is a direct result of the cruelty shown to animals living around these immoral people.
Any investigation regarding the treatment of animals in china will show the truth. Then when its also shown to be true regarding their own people, There is no surprise. But lots of Proof as seen in these and other videos.
I wish I was a better writer so I could make a better case, Just check out the facts.
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Articles like these put the consumer in the driver seat-very impoartnt.

Yeah, right.

Like if the opposite part of the spectrum (the USA) is somewhat different. Individualism to the extreme, the "values" promoted are just based on consumption and posession. Human rights are not very much respected there neither (still h ave death penalty, still kills thousands of people overseas). Corporations rule the country and they do not care for the indiciduals, they care about customers.

Propaganda is everywhere, except lesss camouflaged like in CHina. TV, movies, media, they all are telling you what to vote, what to think, what's good and what's not.

We live in a society, and neither of both extremes forms of government are right as they are both equally unfair. As we live in a society we should consioder ourselves a community and we ourselves should make the best possible as individuals to ahve a better place to live. The governments should consider the wellbeing of both, individuals ans society.

There's a Germany saying (from east germany) once the wall came down and they realized that capitalism is very far from being fair:
"Everything they (the communists) have told us about comunism is a lie...but everything they told us about capitalism is true".

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