Hokwongwei wrote:The NY Times has this interesting opinion piece that would be up most people's alleys here I think.
TL;DR version: Americans and Europeans and Northern Chinese are selfish because they grow wheat. Southern Chinese are group-based because they historically grow rice, which requires more cooperation. The article then takes a really weird turn to start talking about the Tea Party and Ted Cruz. You can ignore that part.
However, I think a big issue here is how we define selfish. While the majority of TWese people have no qualms about sharing money and other things with family members, the way that most people drive here cannot be described as anything other than self-centered. So I think it's more of a correlation than causation thing. Or perhaps it's just that everyone in the world is selfish; we're just selfish in different ways.
cyberguppy wrote:going against the grain
Ermintrude wrote:'Americans and Europeans stand out from the rest of the world for our sense of ourselves as individuals. We like to think of ourselves as unique, autonomous, self-motivated, self-made. As the anthropologist Clifford Geertz observed, this is a peculiar idea.'
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