What should the Indians adopt from the West to make life more meaningful ?What should the Indians adopt from the West to make life more meaningful ?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This question implies that life is not meaningful for Indians. If you are an Indian looking for ways to make your life meaningful, looking to western culture may leave you unsatisfied. Much of western culture relies on finding happiness. Unfortunately, we usually do this by collecting material possessions. So a westerner might answer this question by telling you to take a walk in the woods, or telling you to buy a Mercedes.
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Improving women's rights would certainly make life more meaningful for women and men in India. It's no coincidence that countries which treat women better are more prosperous economically and health-wise. Oppressing, limiting the education, and denying the health care of half the population cannot be a good thing for any country.

 

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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I think that this is the type of question that strikes at the heart of globalization.  As one of the most rapidly developing economies and one of the strongest linked nations to the rest of the world, India has the opportunity to be able to absorb some powerful elements from "the West."  I would say that one of the most needed elements that should be adopted is the spirit of Progressivism that has been a part of the Western world, especially America in the early 20th Century.  The Progressivist movement that stressed the need for political transparency, an end to government corruption, and ensuring that the lowest of society has equitable access and opportunity will be vitally important for India going forward into the new and globalized setting.  As social networking and technology becomes more of a reality in India, there is a greater exposure to what "the West" is and the historical traditions that have helped define it become available to another audience.  In this, India has a chance to absorb some of the practices of the West and, perhaps, improve upon them in its own modern setting.

I would agree with this, but how does any of this make life more meaningful?  All of this sounds like a way to make India's economy and politics more efficient and more fair.  But is that the same thing as making life more meaningful?

One thing that might make life more meaningful (though I'm not sure of this) is an increase in tolerance.  I think that the continuing religious animosity between Hindus and Muslims and the continuing discrimination against Dalits are both problems for India.  Becoming more tolerant would make life more fair.  But I'm not sure that's the same as making it more meaningful.

Talking about reducing the religious animosity between Hindus and Muslims, I think the solution to that is one of the last things anybody can learn about from the West.

And the treatment of Dalits, this is a huge problem but the solution for this does not lie with anything that Indians could learn from the West. The solution is already there with the Indians, they only need to start implementing it in their lives.

From what I see, the only thing that Indians are learning from the West is consumerism and are slowly moving towards a lifestyle that wastes more resources and yields no benefits.

Indians are also forgetting their own customs and traditions and adopting those from the West as one would of a more advanced culture.

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I think that this is the type of question that strikes at the heart of globalization.  As one of the most rapidly developing economies and one of the strongest linked nations to the rest of the world, India has the opportunity to be able to absorb some powerful elements from "the West."  I would say that one of the most needed elements that should be adopted is the spirit of Progressivism that has been a part of the Western world, especially America in the early 20th Century.  The Progressivist movement that stressed the need for political transparency, an end to government corruption, and ensuring that the lowest of society has equitable access and opportunity will be vitally important for India going forward into the new and globalized setting.  As social networking and technology becomes more of a reality in India, there is a greater exposure to what "the West" is and the historical traditions that have helped define it become available to another audience.  In this, India has a chance to absorb some of the practices of the West and, perhaps, improve upon them in its own modern setting.

I would agree with this, but how does any of this make life more meaningful?  All of this sounds like a way to make India's economy and politics more efficient and more fair.  But is that the same thing as making life more meaningful?

One thing that might make life more meaningful (though I'm not sure of this) is an increase in tolerance.  I think that the continuing religious animosity between Hindus and Muslims and the continuing discrimination against Dalits are both problems for India.  Becoming more tolerant would make life more fair.  But I'm not sure that's the same as making it more meaningful.

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I think that this is the type of question that strikes at the heart of globalization.  As one of the most rapidly developing economies and one of the strongest linked nations to the rest of the world, India has the opportunity to be able to absorb some powerful elements from "the West."  I would say that one of the most needed elements that should be adopted is the spirit of Progressivism that has been a part of the Western world, especially America in the early 20th Century.  The Progressivist movement that stressed the need for political transparency, an end to government corruption, and ensuring that the lowest of society has equitable access and opportunity will be vitally important for India going forward into the new and globalized setting.  As social networking and technology becomes more of a reality in India, there is a greater exposure to what "the West" is and the historical traditions that have helped define it become available to another audience.  In this, India has a chance to absorb some of the practices of the West and, perhaps, improve upon them in its own modern setting.

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East is east and west is west. Many attempts are made to bring them closer. Question of making life meaningful does not lie in being eastener or westener. Indians or eastners are looking for western life and westeners come in search of life to east. However the life becomes meaningful when you really see within yourself rather than outside. Culturwise, there are waste differences and both have their pluses and minuses. In fact they are complex and to look for a best or win-win situation creates more confusion. Answer is:  Keep It Simple, Stupid and you will get all the answers.

Enjoy life as it is.

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