Kishore Mahbubani: Western Misconceptions of Asia's Resurgence
Kishore Mahbubani: Basically the Western mind remains closed and trapped in 19th and 20th centuries, and they cannot conceive of a world where they no longer the dominant force. And so, they look at what's happening in Asia and seem to think it is a passing shower. It is going to go, come and go. Just like Asia was growing very rapidly in the 1990s and then, of course, there was this remarkable economic meltdown in the Asian financial crisis, so well this is temporary, they won’t make it, they will crash and burn again. So, I mean that may happen and I can rule that out, but the whole point of my book is that this time it is real. There has been in addition, by the way, to the implementation of the seven pillars of Western wisdom, the success of these Asian societies has led to what I call an explosion of cultural confidence, and this is an explosion on nuclear proportions. Suddenly, hundreds of millions of young people in Asia who never thought that their tomorrow will be better than today are all believing my tomorrow is going to be better than today, and they believe that they can do anything, as well as anybody else in the world. They no longer see themselves in any way as being inferior or second-class citizens, and that's remarkable and that explosion of cultural confidence is key in terms of understanding the rise of Asia, because you can see it is being driven by a clear conviction that they can do it.
Recorded on: 2/28/08
The West cannot imagine a world in which it isn't the dominant power.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.