Saturday, 20 April 2013

Are we providing the right lessons

Most developing countries are following the same development path - aping the West in terms of urbanisation, increased use of fossil fuels, technology and increased consumerism.  This is understandable - after all the West has enjoyed the trappings of 'the good life' for many years and has done a good job of 'selling the ideal' to the East. However the West is bundling in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, pollution, climate change and a whole range of other negative factors.

Hopefully some of the Eastern countries - with their traditional approach to life which includes a major  spiritual (rather than religious) component - might find a 'third way' which imposes some controls on unbridled consumerism and helps teach the West that there are routes to 'development' which do not 'throw the baby out with the bathwater'.

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