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Jong Chan Park

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Do Western and Eastern countries define “developed country” in a same way? If not, how they differ?

Also, since there are many different backgrounds of TEDsters, let's share each country's perspective on developed country.

In my case, I'm from South Korea, and we think developed country as a perfect idealistic world, where all aspects, such as economics, environment, culture, military power, crime rate, etc are all the best. Such country doesn't exist, but we tend to compare us with USA when we talk about military power, Norway in case of environment, France in case of fashion, Japan in case of robot technology and so on. We always pursue the best in the world in each aspect of component of advanced country. This approach to see advanced country has made us to work really hard, but also given us a huge burden in Korean's mind.

In Korea, people need to define what an advanced country is, in my opinion.

What about your country? I am curious to know how your view is different from mine.


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    Jul 4 2013: Advanced compared to what?
    Look inwardly, and ask yourself this question, not in comparison.
    Comparison destroys, creates envy, the source of competition.
    Competition creates exclusion, division and hatred.
    And Idealism is a source of discontentment.
    Is that what you want to aspire to?
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      Jul 5 2013: Sir, I think you misunderstand the intention of my question.
      Please look the other replies I made and you will understand my point better. Thanks.
    • Jul 7 2013: But as you say, comparison can lead to creativity and adaptability; 2 traits the US is sorely lacking in these days...(unless you foolishly listen to our propagandized government and media!)
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        Jul 8 2013: Sir,

        Is it possible to lokk at it this way:

        - there is differentiation before comparison. That is a cognitive aspect of the first level of abstraction. There is man and woman, for example. thank God for that, agree? This is to Admire.

        - the second level of abstraction, is evaluation. In that there is inequality, one is better that other, etc.
        This is comparison and prejudice. Competition, I want to be better than you. Jealousy, envy, hatred, etc. Do we need that? This is to Desire.

        Can you Admire and not Desire?

        Admiration is the I and Thou of Martin Buber
        Desire is the I and It of Martin Buber.

        Without comparison, the mind is not divided.
        The Undivided Mind alone can form a Gestalt. Can see the Whole.

        What is your take?
        • Jul 8 2013: My take is that there is often good and bad in everything, IF we have an open, receptive mind.I.e. I have often found myself in the company of people with whom I thought I would never chose to be with but in time, I realized the beauty in each of them. It was imperceptible upon first glance and had I not been so confined, I would never have gotten to know them. Nothing, no one is all good or all bad; everything is comparative to an open mind.

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