Thursday, July 28, 2011


TO PAY FOR VIDEO GAME ADDICTION - Gaming addiction is bad, but this is downright wrong.  A Chinese couple, Li Lin and Li Juan, is being accused of apparently selling all three of their children in order to pay for playing video games at internet cafes, according to the southern Chinese paper Sanxiang City News. ABC News Radio, who picked up the story, reported that the couple, both of whom were under 21, met in an Internet cafe in 2001.  According to Game Politics, things began to go bad in 2009, when they decided they would sell their second child, a girl, for $500. When that worked, they allegedly went back to see what they could get for their first child, a boy.  He brought in $4,600 (30,000 RMB).  So, according to ABC, when the couple had their third child, they repeated the process, again raking in another $4,600.  The sales came to light when the father’s mother finally turned them in. According to Sanxiang City News, the parents claimed they didn’t know they were breaking the law.

The couple was turned in after Li Lin, the father, told his mother what happened. She took them to the police, where they apparently showed no remorse.  The parents are young and naive, so when asked about their nefarious deeds, they stated that they were unaware what they were doing is illegal. “We didn’t want to raise them,” they said. “We just want to sell them for some money.”  The couple met in an Internet cafe in 2007, and shortly after meeting quickly consummated the relationship and moved in together, spending most of their time playing video games in Internet cafes.  Shortly after their first child was born in 2008, they left it at home and traveled 30km to play video games.  One study showed that as many as 1 in 10 children are at risk to become video game addicts.

A young couple in Dongguan city, China, have been arrested for selling their three children to pay for their online gaming addiction.  The children were sold for 63,000 yuan.  The couple was turned over to the authorities by Li Lin’s mother, who found out what was happening to her grandchildren.  The youngsters reportedly did not know that they had broken the law.  When asked if they missed the children, they replied: “We don’t want to raise them; we just want to sell them for some money.”  In the Mahabharata, Vidura said, “Gambling is the foundation of all sin, and leads one to hellish life.  I know that gambling is the root of all evil.”  

Again we must regret that gambling in the world is allowed.  We can see that the places where these games are practiced are surrounded by an undesirable atmosphere.  You can feel the greed, lust, pride, which prevails in them, euphoria, blindness and sordid indifference that dominates.  We have forgotten that the goal of human life is to awaken the love of God.  It is to purify the heart and create a real atmosphere of peace, wisdom and brotherhood.  The task is great, as also great are the means we have received with this birth.  We can feel within us that we aspire to something great.  Something we can not find in this world. ... Our spiritual master therefore has banned gambling, considering it as a source of corruption, folly and illusion.  He said that the man who avoids them develops truth and learns how to live the reality it truly deserves.

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