Human value and the terror attacks.
Very often, in Asian societies, I beileve we ascribe too little value to a human life. The whole "family" value system encourages and forces self sacrifice. You are taught from the beginning that you are no better than a worm in the larger scheme of things..and you accept your destiny fatalistically..When pulled out from the system..many of us flounder..wondering what purpose we could have independent of our environments..and are unable to cope with the sudden self importance..lacking any purpose.coz we've never had to deal with it before..
westerners on the other hand..bomb an entire country because 2 soldiers are kidnapped.. more people die in bathtubs than terrorist attacks..but that justifies Iraq and Afghanistan being invaded and decimated.. Terror attacks in London and Madrid produce visceral reactions in the populace there. In Mumbai, life goes on, and we "admire" the "Mumbai" spirit..
I say , it is more a reflection of our poverty, that in spite of such tragedy, our life must go on.. we have no choice..no time to mourn..no time to respect the dignity of the people who died.. we move on..and get back into the race to survive.
It makes you feel very small when it hits you. The fact that you do not matter..and that you have no value as a human being.