Eastern And Western Culture, The Reflections Of Hidden Potential In Between. That is our topic this week. It comes from Ramana's blogger friend from Indonesia - Tikno
and Ramana made it this week's topic.
My approach is limited by the fact that I have not been to the east - not the east of this topic at least. My observations are limited by my own limited contact with and study of the east but that does include my interaction and friendship with the sage of Pune himself - Ramana. I have jokingly called us brothers from different mothers as over the years we have discovered a remarkable degree of what Ramana calls synchronicity. While absolutely examples of our respective eastern and western cultures we are remarkably similar in many ways including attitudes and thoughts.
The differences between western and eastern culture are varied and wide. Eastern culture typically includes Asian nations and Muslim nations whereas Christian nations are considered Western. The geographic split is a bit fuzzier - Europe, North, South and Central America along with Australia/New Zealand being the west. The question becomes whether or not there is any hidden potential between the two.
Some Eastern cultures embrace the west and make the best of both worlds. Japan, South Korea, India and to a degree China all fit this model - Japan and Korea have made nenormous advances due to their embrace of the west. They have taken to capitalism like fish to water. There is evidence a similar thing is happening in Vietnam as well. The east has put its own cultural spin on capitalism and adopted capitalism to their own way of education and interpersonal relationships. And if there is a more entrepreneurial society than that in India I am not aware of it.
There are major differences in the way children are educated and raised in the east and the west, religions are different, family interactions are somewhat different - both cultures are family centric. The east tends to be more conservative.
Hidden benefits? I think tolerance is a hidden benefit - to interact, both the east and west need to be tolerant of each other. I suggest China is a good example - China is a growing economic power since it embraced capitalism - something not long ago would have been unthinkable (embracing capitalism). The fact that South Korea and Japan have grown into substantial economic powers is another hidden benefit. Vietnam is growing rapidly economically with a GDP approaching 5.2%. We should be so lucky.
As the world becomes more interdependent, we all become more global citizens. That is directly contrary to the political forces here that are the base of support for POTUS 45 here. They are most decidedly anti global and very nationalistic. Some might say antagonizing POTUS45 is a hidden benefit. A globalist viewpoint is beneficial to a degree - there is after all only one planet we inhabit.
Be sure to see what the other LBC bloggers have to say - Ramana, Pravin, Maria and Ashok