Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Is East Asia exempt from the malaise of the West?


I keep reading blog posts and comments which hold up East Asian societies as a model of adaptation - usually in relation to their nationalism and embrace of immigration restrictions - and on this basis  recommend East Asian ideology as an antidote (a non-Christian antidote) to Western malaise. 

I refute it thus:



If a Martian anthropologist saw this degree of chosen fertility suppression, amidst abundance; and most extreme among the wealthiest, most intelligent and skilled - he would diagnose extreme stress.

Since there is no obvious and powerful adverse physical stress, he would diagnose extreme existential alienation, demoralization, and demotivation.

Very extreme.


Note: I refute it thus - is a quotation from Samuel Johnson, as reported by his biographer James Boswell.