An East-West Metaphor

Here is a story which illustrates one possible take on the difference between Eastern and Western approaches.

Imagine one day some aliens come down to earth and they issue a challenge. They are going to leave a specimen with us and we must analyze it over time and report the results upon their return. The aliens split the specimen right down the middle. They give one half to the East and the other to the West, and then they leave.

Some time later, the aliens return to evaluate the findings. What’s interesting here is not the relative completeness or accuracy of the findings. What’s interesting is that the East is able to return their half of the specimen almost entirely intact whereas the West has virtually nothing left.


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