Comments on: Fukushima disaster report: relevance of cultural traits http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/07/06/fukushima-disaster-report-relevance-of-cultural-traits/ Straight from the Specialists Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:25:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: MaggieMP http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/07/06/fukushima-disaster-report-relevance-of-cultural-traits/comment-page-1/#comment-704 Sat, 07 Jul 2012 21:05:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1959#comment-704 (I also wish there were an ‘edit’ option!

“As Bhaskar points out – each national character has some unique behavioral characteristics that are rooted in the nation’s historical, philosophical, “patterns of consensus.””

But it is a trivial complaint given the theme.)

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By: MaggieMP http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/2012/07/06/fukushima-disaster-report-relevance-of-cultural-traits/comment-page-1/#comment-703 Sat, 07 Jul 2012 20:55:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india-expertzone/?p=1959#comment-703 I read this as an American acutely aware of what I call “American dominant cultural perspectives” – widely held unexamined mores that create “blindness”, that prevent Americans from greater analytical and critical clarity with regards to policies and practices here in the US.

Human tendency to deny “extreme realities” that need immediate attention to address current and future deep problems is easy to understand. But government people are caught in the same behaviors – perhaps more so. Calling them and one another to task, (literally – putting out a call to task), is essential!

Whistle-blowers and those who raise criticisms are mocked, marginalized, may lose employment, or even be prosecuted. As we turn from those who speak out – we like to claim we do so because of our “reasonableness”. The real truth is we operate somewhat mindlessly. We ‘sense’ the disruptive potential of the whistle-blower’s revelations, and we don’t like the ‘feeling’.

As Bhaskar’s points out – each national character has some unique behavioral characteristics of behavior that are rooted in the nation’s historical, philosophical, “patterns of consensus.”

This is not to say that these often cherished characteristics have no value! They most certainly do! Americans could take a page from Japanese extreme politeness to great national benefit!

But when the characteristics prevent us from “shaking ourselves awake” in order that we might apply best intelligence to correct otherwise disastrous unfoldings, such that citizens do not insist governments also behave with intelligent stewardship for earth, life, and humanity – then we collectively, nation by nation, contribute to unspeakably unfortunate outcomes. Wars, earth degradation, and extreme suffering continue.

I hope the underlying theme raised by Uday Bhaskar becomes part of global-wide “awakening”. I wish the conversation had begun several years back.

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