Mudcat Café message #1204111 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #70513   Message #1204111
Posted By: Bev and Jerry
10-Jun-04 - 01:35 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Basic Causes of Western Stupidity
Subject: RE: BS: The Basic Causes of Western Stupidity
All of us human folks use one or another language to express ourselves. We divide up the perceived world into things (nouns) actions (verbs) relationships (prepositions), etc. and give each of these a name, that is, a word in our language. This is very handy for talking to one another.

But, most people in the West believe, consciously or unconsciously, that the real world is actually divided up like that but it's not. Many people in the East know that all of these things are connected and, even though we have separate words for things, they are not actually separate things.

For example, a chair is just a piece of furniture but what would it be if there were no people to sit in it?

Here's a more practical case. Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied under oath. Why did he lie under oath? Because his persecutors forced him into a corner where he either had to lie under oath or confess about Monica. Neither of these choices was very palatable. So, Clinton is a bad guy in Western thought. In Eastern thought, his persecutors are also part of the problem. Without their actions, he's not forced into the dilemma. It's not them versus us. It's all us.

Bev and Jerry