Have you ever been out people watching? Go to a public place: like a mall, coffee shop, or a park. Sit quietly and just watch. Listen carefully. What are people discussing? What do they argue about? How do parents handle their children?
Different cultures reveal their value systems by the behaviors of the people within that culture. It is difficult to notice, until you are plopped down in the middle of a foreign culture. That is when we begin to see people acting very differently than we would and we begin to wonder why. And that is when many of us begin to point fingers and accuse.
In Saudi Arabia, families have private, curtained booths in which to eat their fast food. The people who live there say it is to protect their women. Americans say it is demeaning to women. Americans value independence and personal rights above most other things – sometimes to their own detriment.
Philosophy is the study of problems about such things as language, values, reason, mind, knowledge and existence.
My son, Matt Fujimoto, is currently working on philosophy research in Kyoto, Japan.
In his own words: “I am currently a Ph.D. Student in Philosophy writing my dissertation on comparative Japanese and Western philosophy in Kyoto, Japan. I hope, through my studies, to be able to bring a better understanding of Eastern philosophy to a Western audience.”
He has written articles such as:
- A ‘language’ for everything
- Call me Angel
- Is Shinto a religion?
- Informal Fallacies or “What could possibly go wrong?”
To read these and more, find Matt at: https://www.patreon.com/mattfujimoto/overview
What values do you see reflected in the culture where you live?