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Do you think Eastern countries will surpass Western countries in the future?

We, now a days are seeing everywhere that, the middle east and eastern countries are developping in all aspects. what do you say about the future of the nations and explain.

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    Oct 23 2013: I don't see a lot of progress in the middle east. Many countries there still seem to be stuck in a period, 2000 years ago. Beside, the endless fighting that goes on in the middle east certainly isn't going to help to improve the situation.
    Where I really see huge potential is in China and India and there is a good chance that those countries eventually will be dominant factors in the global economy.
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    Oct 22 2013: in many ways the Eastern Countries have far surpassed the Western Countries... especially with regards to the availability of technology, education, morality and family

    when it comes to Western countries you have to be specific...we are actually speaking of european countries and values.... most western models of colonialism are very much in place which promotes false freedoms of democracy, inequality and a breakdown in family and morality...
    Africa is a perfect example of people turning their back on their culture and upbringing opting for the European/Western model of life

    the middle east is not too far behind the west with money being the influence of power and decision making
  • Oct 22 2013: Each country has their own problems. I think there will be no Eastern country that will surpass the West until those problems are solved. Japan, China, and Korea may be close but China needs to fix their economy and they are losing 50% of their power because of their little use of female mental power. China is working to improve their infrastructure. South Korea and Japan have reasonable infrastructure.

    Most of the other Eastern countries have the same gender problem and even a caste system. They need to have social and cultural changes. There is a major need to improve the infrastructure.
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      Oct 22 2013: ^_^Hi~,I'd like to point out that Japan does't belong to Estern world.I think we always say it's a western country.
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    Oct 23 2013: Most likely, as the markets are already shifting and many western countries in deep economic struggles and debts, which usually causes investors to seek for more secure and profitable areas elsewhere.
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      Oct 23 2013: Yes, China has a customer group large enough to let you make a killing in varied business areas~.
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        Oct 23 2013: for instance
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          Oct 23 2013: Yeah~ for instance, you could learn some Chinese because Chinese is beautiful and extensive, you can merge some cultural elements into your poems.
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        Oct 23 2013: Yoka, when I watched my Chinese colleagues write in their language I knew almost instantly, that my lifespan would be to short for my talent to ever get there... :o)

        My brain doesn't work really well on foreign languages and it takes ages for me to finally remember some words and structures in which to use them. And as less similarities there are compared to my native language, as more difficult it becomes to me.

        By this Russian grammar just killed me, French uses almost 95% of the letters in a word to exactly not to pronounce them, which confuses me, and Chinese I cant even read ... :o)

        Language wise it would have certainly helped me if I was born in your country, yet since I missed it by some thousand kilometers, I am afraid my case is hopeless here ... :o)

        So in merging some of your beautiful and rich cultural elements in my poems, I have to trust in translations.
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          Oct 23 2013: hehe....you can, your English's so beautiful ~! You have the talent~
          Of course, you can choose your way in learning Chinese,learning from culture translations could also be productive.:))

          You're still young and you have enough time to take up Chinese~~.hehehe..... I think German is difficult, I'd like to try too.
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        Oct 23 2013: If there is any beauty in my English, what I doubt, it stems from a long line of suffering I caused among English native speakers, including Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, Australia and the USA. All of them very forgiving, which finally got me here. :o)

        To me it is more a series of educated guesses and melody, as any grammar never got close to me.

        So far I never got invited to live in China and to face its language without scape. Yet although your nation is famous for its hospitality and patience it might be better for all of you, if we leave it this way as this was in your very own interest. :o)

        Yes, German is also a difficult language for many, so in a way I was lucky to grew up with it, as otherwise I would not have learned it as well. :o)

        Yet who knows, maybe one day we meet for a tea in approximately 32 years from now and I will complain about the weather to you in fluent and accent free Mandarin... :o)
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          Oct 25 2013: I think if you want to do something, you'll do it. Chinese has simpler grammar and some characters aren't very difficult: for example ,one is "一",two is "二“,three is"三”,you can remember these easily, right?:))))

          I'd like to take your comment" hospitality"as a good word. So I think I don't have any reason not to invite you to China. If you come, maybe we might meet face to face one day and laugh about how small the world is.

          But anyway it's up to you. Thank you for your kind answers to my suggestion from my own interest.:) I'm very glad to talk with you.
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        Oct 25 2013: Thank you too.

        And I am not going to ask how *4* may look like ... ;o)
  • Oct 22 2013: Much of the east is currently developing faster simply because its catching up as opposed to treading new ground. Once it reaches developed status (like japan has, for example), the rate of advance will accordingly lower.

    Some eastern countries will, and in some cases already have, bypass some western countries in certain fields, but its hardly universal. The same can be said for African countries; they just have more catching up to do before the rate of advance slows.
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    Nov 13 2013: Ancient Eastern philosophical and spiritual development is far more advanced than that of the Western cultures, with the possible exception of the wests' Aboriginal peoples.

    As to economic development, the Western countries have definitely been riding a progressive wave over the past two centuries, but that seems, at present, to be flattening out. Furthermore, it appears that much of the West's surging affluence was financed, to a large degree, by China.

    The question now, of course, is 'will China eventually abandon its philosophical and spiritual calm' and harness itself wholesale to the 'American' Dream', or will it stand fast with its Taoist philosophy, as quoted by Chuang Tzu?

    "To regard the fundamental as the essence, to regard things as coarse, to regard accumulation as deficiency, and to dwell quietly alone with the spiritual and the intelligent -- herein lie the techniques of Tao of the ancients."
  • Nov 6 2013: I would argue that culture is the single largest driving force in whether or not a country is going to be a super-power or not. There are many other factors, but I think this is the one that makes or breaks.

    The United States is the inheritor of a long line of super-power cultures including Egypt, Greece, Rome and Britain. I am not sure what cultural factors are specifically being passed on from one to the next, but I do notice that each nation in this line was derived from the previous one, they were all super powers and they all purposefully tried to emulate their progenitors. While Asian has had many short-term super powers, the lack the legacy of long-term superpowers of related cultures. I think it unlikely they would succeed the United States, for reason that are unclear other than cultural precedent.

    I don’t mean to say that these cultural elements can’t be identified. I think we have already identified some such as the concept of the rule of law, constitutional government. Some of them are almost invisible to us like standardization, the idea that a store will be open certain hours of the day and carry a certain type of good. That seems so simple doesn’t it? But that expectation in a culture has a profound impact on an economy and it is not something that is shared by all people in the world.

    These subtle cultural elements have been passed down in the west from one civilization to the next and grown and improved over time. If culture is indeed related to power, we can guess there is something about Western culture that lends itself to power because the West has had a lot of it and more importantly has most of the longest lasting powers. But it is difficult to identify these elements, even from within and it is near impossible for another culture to emulate, even if their academics can identify them.

    So will an Eastern country over take the US or EU, maybe, but I am not sure that country that did so would look like anything other than a Western nation.