Eastern vs. Western Culture

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WHICH CULTURE IS BETTER: WESTERN OR EASTERN

“The Last Supper,” the painting of Da Vinci illustrates the mental states of each subject and the expressions in a vivid manner and bring the subjects to life. Qi Baishi, a renowned painter of traditional Chinese painting, famous for painting shrimps could bring subjects to life within seconds. Both of them possess painting techniques which are extraordinary, but their styles are completely different. The famous Chinese painter Master Li Hongzhi said, “As for these two artistic systems of mankind, both the East and the West have had an inheriting process in their respective ethnic cultures for several thousand years, but the styles of these two types of art are largely different. They are different in their techniques and approaches, their ways of expressing things, the feelings they project, and the visual effects they produce. So the artistic styles of the West and East have taken two different paths.” This identifies the difference between western and eastern culture. From the very beginning the eastern culture has been semi-divine culture, with emphasis on the spirit of the subject, the inner meanings and its allure. Western culture also passed down from Gods to humans, but its emphasis is on human surface with stress on precise, superb techniques, and superlative and realistic artistry. Both are unbelievably different. As we pass on the apex of the hand off over disdain and regulation for change, progress or innovation; we indeed see a vast difference in cultures. Obviously, the Culture of western has its own advantages, and Eastern has its own, the question prevails if one or both or none is advantages are in conflict. Western culture represents knowledge developed from the reason that has been made possible because of a vast accumulation of understanding related to human nature, including nature and reality, happiness, rights, individualism and science and technology. It is an advanced culture as its values and ideas promote the development of advanced civilization. It is considered as a Low Context culture, because the communication is explicitly expressed retaining the meaning of their words in all situations, regardless of the speaker. It represents a Monochromic society because of its short-sightedness and its focus on short-span goals and relationships. It currently does not exist anywhere in a complete and perfect form and wherever its existence is, it is often mixed with nonwestern, which is eastern culture. It is a pro-human life culture. It is prosperous, free, peaceful and modern in the sense that it supports human life. When cultures are judged, it is clear that Western culture; with its life-giving and life-sustaining magnificence, is the greatest culture-deserving universal admiration and praise. Edwin A. Locke (2004). Eastern culture’s orientation is basically collectivist. It emphasizes the community, the family. In it organization comes first, well before the individual. The two main areas of influence are Chinese and Indian, which are world’s most populated countries. The Living in time and within nature, freedom of silence, lapse into meditation, focus on self-abnegation and to honor austerity are the ethnic values of it. Eastern culture focuses on treating the subtle bodies, which create an energy field that surround the body. It represents Polychromic society, in which people used to be easily distractible and put their emphasis less on objectives and goals achievement. The world is becoming smaller and smaller and more united demands are unifying it with the values emulated by us, the living of life and education pursued by us. Predominantly, it was and it is the western culture which has colonized the mentality of glove thereby creating such unity in diversity. Such global aspect transforms an ideal and unique culture to a melting pot of identity with one-size-fits-all and western...
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