This is disturbing:
According to The Washington Post:
Authorities have indicted five people in central China for involvement in illegal organ trading after a teenager sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone and an iPad.
The case has prompted an outpouring of concern that not enough is being done to guard against the negative impact of increasing consumerism in Chinese society, particularly among young people who have grown up with more creature comforts than the generations before them.
First of all, while you don’t hear of American teens selling a kidney for an iPad, that doesn’t mean we’re not just as scarily consumerist and self-destructive.
I can’t help but wonder where our need to acquire more stuff, our need to keep up with the latest trends, will end. There are many reports of families who are hundreds of thousand of dollars in debt, but still have four televisions with 800+ channels on them and a brand new cell phone.
I know that, to some degree, my own family is guilty of our own form of this self-destructive need to consume… I personally have a love affair with designer jeans and fantastic white tee shirts, and my husband is one of the millions of Americans who finds himself lusting after the latest model of cellphone the moment it’s announced.
My heart goes out to this teenage boy and hope he has a long healthy life full of better decisions, and that we all try to see what organs we’re selling at the expense of our health and security… Metaphorically, of course.
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