29 Oct '11, 7am

On social trust, who needs empirical evidence? « Yawning Bread on

Your observation about the typical Singaporean behavior in boarding the bus also gives the lie to the oft-peddled notion that ours is a ‘collectivist’ society, unlike those individualistic [read: ‘selfish’] societies in the West. Unless one operates on a wholly abstract notion of society or community, then genuine collectivism requires of its people that individuals sometimes willingly sacrifice their own interests in favor of others – or at least be willing to consider the interests of others. And yet countless everyday examples suggest otherwise, that the typical Singaporean will aggressively protect his own interests even to the detriment of others. Instead I’ve experienced for myself over the years that the maligned ‘individualists’ in so many Western societies are more apt to behave in a civic-minded way – allowing others to board a bus in an orderly fashion, for inst...

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