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Old January 30th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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Do you think Europeans/Westerners are superior to the Chinese..?


Western civilization...culture...philosophy and history...

vs Chinese....

Both are very good and admirable and I'd say both of these two may be at the top when it comes to global influence, although the West currently has more influence but that may change in the near future....Anyway..

This is a broad question....Looking at past, present and future?

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Old January 30th, 2012, 01:18 AM   #2

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Old January 30th, 2012, 01:21 AM   #3

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Oh boy, here we go...

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Old January 30th, 2012, 01:52 AM   #5

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It's not the business of historians or historum to assess superiority of one culture over another, so I'm skeptical of such a thread topic. Still, discussing the differences between the two without value judgments might provide an avenue for a broader understanding. So I'm going to leave it open. The other mods might well overrule me, though. Mind your P's and Q's, everybody.
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One of the major differences is that Western culture stresses the importance of the individual, and of individual rights and responsibility. Chinese culture, conversely, stresses the importance of collectiveness and conformity. Obviously, both of these have their potential strengths and weaknesses, but one result has been rapid technical innovation in the West, and centuries of technological stagnation in China until very recently (and even now they have to emulate the West to compete).
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Definitely when it comes to driving cars and boarding aircraft with unassigned seating.
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I predict a lot of stereotypes and preconceptions....
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Old January 30th, 2012, 08:45 AM   #10

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If we define the West in terms of its Classical-Christian heritage and compare it with traditional Chinese culture based primarily on Confucianism: I'd suspect you'd find enough parallels in outlook even though obviously expressed in different cultural contexts and terminology. The concept of Tao for example could parallel the first cause or ground of being in Western natural theology; and Confucian ethics were held in high respect by the first Westerners in China, to the point that Matteo Ricci even referred to "Saint Confucius".
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