Individualism v. Unity
The biggest point about American individualism, I read a book about it, it’s like, they give children choices to know what they actually want. I’m sure your parents gave you a lot of choices, like what kind of food you want or what kind of breakfast you like, what kinds of clothes you wear. Well, I don’t have that choice. My parents literally prepare everything, like, “here’s your breakfast, eat up.” Because in Asia we believe that since we’re kids we can’t really make smart decisions.
You have to trust your elder’s experience to build up your point of view. Which in the United States they count against that. So, I don’t get to choose my clothes until around high school actually. Only my parents grab something for me, I just wear it. And I don’t get to choose a lot of stuff, like my sports. My dad basically chose my sports for me. Golf and soccer and baseball, and instrument wise too. Basically everything I learned from school and everything is chosen by my parents. I’m sure most of the stuff you like to do, like Harry Potter, everything about you is your choice. My parents would literally throw Harry Potter at me and tell me to read it. My mom bought the whole collection and said, “Read it because it’s good for you and your education.”
Of course I’m not going to enjoy it because I didn’t choose it, they literally picked it for me. Something to keep in mind is how families grew up believing that, “Okay, I’m just going to listen to what my parents want.” Then the parents go, “Oh, you go study business.” I come back with business, they come back and say, “Study medicine.” I say, “Okay I’m going to study medicine.” For Westernized, I’m sure you you got to choose your own major, right? I didn’t choose my major. Okay I chose Economics but my parents said business school.
I chose Economics, that’s the one thing they say you can choose. When choosing a college (the lists of my schools), half of it is my parents’ choice. They give me half a choice, but the truth is if I got into the choice I picked, I’m not going to be at Drake, even though I got into Drake. The only reason I got into Drake was because I didn’t get in to my parents’ choices. So they say, “Okay, choose your own then.”
So we believe in unity as a whole because we know that society has to work together as a group, like factories and stuff? They’re saying individualism break the whole team. There’s no ‘I’ in team, basically. So they treat everyone the same. We all get the same respect in education, the only thing is that:
we’ll take, we’ll scrap out those that don’t survive, and keep those that do.
Because it’s like there’s factory made phones: they’re exactly the same. So they can be put into any kind of industry and they’re still going to do perfectly well.
We who create the most general genius that can adapt to all
situations, those people will work well.
In America they say, “No, everyone has their specialty.” Your specialty is Anthropology maybe, and just some random guy, he’s good at music. So we help him pursue music. You’re going to pursue Anthropology and you’re going to do great, everyone is going to find success. Like, in Asia we see the American teaching system as a genius building system, because you’re building everyone to be the best they can. So like, you’ll be the genius in Anthropology so you focus on that.
In Asia we don’t see that, because we don’t want to take the time to actually know that. So we generate that everyone gets the factory standard base education. We all build you to perfect and you go out there and adapt to society. But in America, apparently, let me give an example: if it takes you three years to graduate high school and you’re a senior, you’re still probably successful. Which in any educators eyes in Asia is ridiculous. If it takes you two years to graduate, you’re not smart. People like Einstein would never exist, Edison would never exist in Asia. If you don’t learn the same way as every other person, you’re not smart. That’s what I was told. And the problem for me is that I’m more of a visual learner. More of a visual listening learner than the repetition learner.
But in Asia we only teach repetition learning so I can copy a word 100 times and have no idea what that word is. I mean, it’s easy to copy a word. So I was quickly marked as stupid. Because, “Oh, you can’t even remember a word after you copied it 200 times? There’s something wrong with your brain.” In America, they’d say, “Oh, you can’t do it? How about we try reading it to you, or use it in a sentence and see how you learn.” The teacher adapts based on student. And in Asia they don’t do that. There’s too many of us.
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