I recently read a book called The Geography of Thought. It’s about how Asians and Westerners think differently and why. It was fascinating to read, especially as I have spent so much of my life between these two cultures.
For those of us in the West, we think linearly—there is a straight line from “A” to “B.” Everything is about reason and logic; two plus two is four. But in Asian thinking, it is circular. Anything you think about, you think about the total picture of it. Going from “A” to “B” is not a straight line; it’s a little more complex than that.
It’s so easy for us to hear someone from another background or culture say something and interpret it according to who we are and our understanding, while what they mean may be something completely different. I think this is a massive problem in the political world.
For anyone who wants to learn more, I would recommend the book. It’s worth the read.
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