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Do you think that Eastern cultures are, in general, more meditative, contemplative, and philosophical than current Western cultures?
Alain Robert Coulon asked : Do you think that Eastern cultures are, in general, more meditative, contemplative, and philosophical than current Western cultures ? Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/post/Do_you_think_that_eastern_cultures_are_in_general_more_meditative_contemplative_and_philosophical_than_current_western_cultures [accessed Jun 29, 2017].
Assuming "west" to mean "Greco-Roman", and "East" as a connotation of the cultures of the Middle East, Russia right up to Japan; and taking the dichotomy to relate broader to philosophies, then it would be an affirmative, "yes" to the question. As the west represents the logical, and the east, the intuitive. Another interesting glimpse into this dichotomy is afforded by the study of mystical elements in comparative religion. One work I have in mind is Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism. By definition contemplatives dwell on the inner life and the idea of simply being. The logical, Western emphasis is on ends, and the idea of becoming. Activity and projects function as milestones towards a final goal. So yes there can be a clash of cultures due to a clash in philosophy. Contemplatives focus on detachment and contentment, while the "actives" focus on engagement and achievements. Both are aspects that are vital towards a healthy dialectical existence as a human being. Just like the left and right hemispheres if the brain. Throughout history, individuals coming from opposite sides of the cultural-philosophical divide have yearned for the "greener grass on the opposite side of the fence".