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But can the same be said about our values, ethics, and principles?
Let me hasten to say that this is not a trick question; I am not hinting here at some far-fetched notion that we really got our values from the Far East.
" It would be pointless to negate that Greece and Rome, besides being the most advanced civilizations of antiquity, have also been the most influential of civilizations on Western Europe and by extension, the Americas.
Without a doubt, much of our ideas about art, beauty, philosophy, government, and modern empirical science do come from classical Greek thought.
Did they consider them essential to the making of an ideal world?
Or was their worldview considerably different than ours?
The method of "disposal" varied, but generally we know that, in antiquity, babies were taken out to the forest and left to die of exposure, dropped down wells to drown, or thrown into sewers or onto manure piles.
The horror of a parent being capable of killing his or her child is shocking enough.
Children were thrown into rivers, flung into dung-heaps and cess trenches, 'potted' in jars to starve to death, and exposed in every hill and roadside, 'a prey for birds, food for wild beasts to rend.' (Euripides, Ion, 504)" Gruesome evidence of this practice has been found in various archeological excavations.
By infanticide, I mean the killing of newborn children as a way of population control, sex selection (generally, boys were desirable, girls undesirable), and as a way of ridding society of potentially burdensome or deformed members.
A baby that appeared weak or sickly at birth, or had even a minor birth defect such a cleft pallet, hair lip, or cleft foot, or was in some other way imperfect was killed.
Most notably, in the Athenian Agora, a well was uncovered containing the remains of 175 babies thrown there to drown.
Lest we assume that was the practice of the poor and ignorant, one of the most influential thinkers in Western intellectual history – none other than Aristotle – argued in his Politics that killing children was essential to the functioning of society.
Although, with the recent interest in Eastern philosophies a few voices have been raised advocating this view, the undisputed historical fact is that only within the last few hundred years did the West have any significant interaction with the East.