Classic features of the eastern type of civilization

1. Cyclicity (“turns”) of the progressive development of philosophy, science, culture and art;
2. Slower pace of social change;
3. Specific ideas about historical time: a person simultaneously existed in the past, present and future, because the immortal soul changes the form of existence;
4. A special concept of ancestors: deceased ancestors (past) existed in a different form in the present. The unborn offspring (future) exist in a different form in the present;
5. Canonization of traditions and experience of generations as the highest social value;
6. Paternalism – the unquestionably high authority of the older generation, the absence of the problem of “fathers and children”;
The good life unfolds in the “five inherent human relationships”: ruler-civil servant, father-son, husband-wife, old-young, friend-friend.
7. Charismatic nature of mentality, in which the perception of reality occurs through:
– sensory experience (hear, feel, see),
– belief in divine powers, gods are part of living nature, actively participate in human life, and man influences the gods;
8. Slow pace of change in Eastern societies;
9. The purpose of society’s existence is movement towards the highest divine ideal;
10. The main value of human existence is the comprehension of the highest sacred (sacred, secret) meaning, and not the realization of its specific goals;
11. The prevalence of the principle of collectivism, the subordination of the interests of the individual to the goals of the community;
12. Development of a special vertical type of social ties within the framework of eastern despotism, based on:
– unlimited power of the ruler, the deification of earthly rulers, “possessing” supernatural power;
– impersonality of the state machine
– complete dependence of a person on bureaucracy,
– lack of value of a person’s personality,
– exclusion of personal initiative and responsibility of a person;
13. Virtually no horizontal links between communities.

Remember: The process of learning a person lasts a lifetime. The value of the same knowledge for different people may be different, it is determined by their individual characteristics and needs. Therefore, knowledge is always needed at any age and position.