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May 19, 2019 17:31:30

Dualistic viewpoints from Eastern and Western thinkers, and how it influences my everyday life

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Rasmus Rygh

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Eastern:

The eastern thinkers put so much emphasis on nature, and how everything you do is part of that. It puts you at ease, makes you feel part of something bigger, makes it ok to be you, whatever that means.

When you write, just write. To be honest, I think that is one of the most beautiful teachings of zen. It releases so many expectations, and make it much easier to sit down and do “work”, even if it’s repetitive.

Western:

Westerners, on the other hand, are more focused on problem/solution thinking. It’s a more rational approach to life, like taking medicine. Do you have a problem in your life? Here’s how to fix it. Do you want to feel better about yourself? Gain some self-respect. That’s what I’ve been doing the past couple of days, becoming a more reliable person, and it works too. You start trusting your ability to get things done in life. “You become a number one lobster”.

I’m so grateful that I’m interested in both sides of this coin. It brings so much richness to the process of life. You embrace life, simultaneously as you actively work to better it. 

I AM GRATEFUL FOR IT ALL


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    @rasmusrygh - The coin is round as are the cycles of our thinking. I personally go in and out of ideas and come back and loop around. Nobody gets out alive.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 19, 2019 08:37:40
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      @brianball Thank you for reading my text man! The coin is round indeed, I'm merely scraping the surface of each side. Memento mori!

      Rasmus Rygh avatar Rasmus Rygh | May 23, 2019 21:53:25
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      @rasmusrygh @brianball there is an amazing book about thinking of the East and the West
      https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/geography-of-thought
      the funny thing is, there are regions of a bit mixed characteristics and surprisingly one of them is France...

      on the other hand, I kind of cannot agree with <<makes it ok to be you>>, because there is very little space for the "I" in the Eastern attitude towards the world. As i understand even a symbol of "man" in Chinese is built of two ppl... Everything there exists "in the context"...

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 29, 2019 21:19:52
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