All my previous blogs seem to be about freeing ourselves from human conscious encumbrances and limitations, with this in mind, I've titled this blog simply Freedom. Philosophy and spirituality are my main fortitudes to freeing ourselves from our own bondages.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
The Eastern and Western Mind
Written by Mathew Naismith
As we become more integrated and
communicative around the world, I think it's essential we become aware of the
differences between how we think in regards to other people of different cultures. At
times the difference can be huge and at another times quite simular. Of course
with the dominance and control of the western mind on the rest of the world,
the differences in how we think is diminishing, sadly, eastern people are
thinking more inline with western thinking.
I say sadly because it is obvious from the
below information that the western mind is more dominating and controlling,
even at the expense of the environment to it's own detriment. You have got to
wonder, are more western minded people trying to understand eastern thinking to
bring balance and a moderated existence back to the world? I should also
mention, just because you are living under a western or eastern influence, you
can still think and exist to the contrary depending on the influence one wants
to exist under.
Extract:The West has
consequently developed a materialist science that is focused on the outer
world--which it endeavours to control and exploit. In Asia,
where most religions have arisen, consciousness has been directed inwardly to
understand the essential nature of life.
Westerners worked longer on the stuff they were told they had aced the first
time. The Easterners concentrated on the areas they thought they had botched.
Students from the West—where the cult of self-esteem reigns supreme—wanted a
tummy rub. Students from the East were more concerned with fixing their blind
spots, becoming well-rounded. The Westerners polished up their strengths while
the Easterners addressed their weaknesses.
§Patterns of attention and perception, with
Easterners attending more to environments and Westerners attending more to
objects, and Easterners being more likely to detect relationships among events
§Basic assumptions about the composition of the
world, with Easterners seeing substances where Westerners see objects.
§Beliefs about controllability of the
environment, with Westerners believing in controllability more than Easterners.
§Tacit assumptions about stability vs. change,
with Westerners seeing stability where Easterners see change.
§Preferred patterns of explanation for events,
with Westerners focusing on objects and Easterners casting a broader net to
include the environment.
§Habits of organizing the world, with
Westerners preffering categories and Easterners being more likely to emphasize
§Use of formal logical rules, with Westerners
being more inclined to use logical rules to understand events than Easterners
§Application of dialectical approaches, with
Easterners being more inclined to seek the Middle Way when confronted with apparent
contradiction and Westerners being more inclined to insist on the correctness
of one belief vs. another.
Extract: We can find the most
striking difference in Asian and Western way of thinking. When Asian thinking
aims for harmony, Western thinking strives for order. This is because the basic
philosophy of Western people is based on the concept of liberty, free market
economic system or liberalization of economic system. On the other hand, Asians
do not give much importance to the aspects of free competition of the economic
system. They are concerned more with the equal distribution of income or
solidarity in helping each other among their communities, thereby assuring an
If your also into the philosophical
differences of views, you might like the following as well.
Western society strives
find and prove "the truth",
Eastern society accepts
the truth as given and
is more interested in finding the balance.
Westerners put more stock in individual rights;
Easterners in social responsibly.
This is interesting stuff. I realise more
clearly now why the western mind has problems with people like me, we point out
where we can become more aware where the western mind only desires to focus on
where they are aware.
Another example is standardisation. The
western mind tries to standardise everything so everyone standardises when it
is obvious the eastern mind doesn't. How many western people standardise
spirituality with awareness? Of course to an eastern mind, spirituality and
awareness are obvious bed fellows; there is simply no standardisation because
there is no expression or motion of control unlike the western mind.
Another example is when the western mind
ostracises or has disdain for people for having their own views, especially
when these views are pointing out a lack of awareness. To the western mind,
pointing out things like this is being critical, to an eastern mind, all one is
doing is pointing out where one is lacking awareness. I am often
ostracised/blocked on forums by the western mind for pointing out our short
falls on my own posts; it's a typical western mind reaction.
Us westerners, in my mind, need to be more
aware of our own short falls of the western mind, but of course the western
mind only desires to be aware of it's grandeurs, it's strengths not it's
weaknesses, this of course is it's weakness.
I should point out that the eastern mind
can be influenced by the western mind to become more of a western mind and