Should the practice of burning money be banned within city limits?
You don’t want to breathe the air outside today - too much smoke. Ash flying everywhere, and the branches of a few beautiful shade trees on my company’s street were singed beyond recovery. What a dirty, senseless, silly superstition!
I think religious traditions are lovely, but the fact is, most of the people that I ask say they do not attach any particular significance to the act of burning money. They don’t believe that it makes them better people, or that their immortal souls will be in danger if they don’t burn money. The amount of money burned (stacks and stacks of it) seems to have more to do with a psychological need to alter the environment than fulfilling any religious mandate. Why can’t they just burn a (fake) check? Or one of those credit card lookalike inserts they put into new wallets?
Honestly, it was cute and exotic when I first got here in the 80’s, but now that I no longer consider myself a visitor, but a resident, I find I’ve changed my mind. I understand that in China it is banned to burn money in the cities - initially because the communists didn’t want to support silly feudal superstitions, and then because the population density was just too great. Maybe we could take a page from China’s book in this case and ban money burning within city limits. It’s completely inconsiderate of other people to pollute on such a massive scale. I just drove a short distance on my scooter and my eyes are stinging from the dirty air. Stupid! :x