Broadly speaking, the Western society strives to find and prove “the truth”. While Eastern society accepts the truth as given and is more interested in finding the balance. Westerners put more stock in individual rights; Easterners in social responsibly.
Below are a few observations on the thought provoking differences between East vs West.
The East is contemplative whereas the West is emotive as far as their religions and cultures are concerned.
In Eastern countries, one can identify collective cultures whereas in the West it is more individualistic. East and the West share the same foundation when it comes to yoga, but many westerners adapt yogic practices to fit their modern lives. We generally equate a 75-minute class to practicing yoga, whereas in the East yoga is seen as a way of life. It becomes a part of morning rituals tied to Hinduism, food, meditation, and asana.
The AUM is still universal.
The “Me” concept manifests itself globally. However, in the East “Me” symbolises the eternal reality of universal truth. Self-liberation through getting rid of the false “Me” and discovering the true “Me”. For the West, “Me” is here and now. The true “Me” in every human being is a part of the Divine that needs to become apparent. True “Me” is given and doesn’t have to be cognizable.
Individualism vs Collectivism
The East considers human beings as an integral part of the universe and society. People are fundamentally connected. Duty towards all others is a very important matter. Collectivism is stronger. The West prioritises the individualistic nature of humans as an independent part of the universe and society. Individualism is stronger.
Beliefs and Values
East believes the true key is inside. The inner world of a human being and his or her ability to control and develop it is of the highest value. The way to the top is inside yourself, through self-development and self-awareness.
Westerns value success and achievement. These that can be achieved in many ways, but rarely through developing inner strength. The majority of success and achievement criteria have an external nature (money, career, faith, popularity, etc.). The way to the top is through active outside pursuits.