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The Japanese thrived as long as they were respectful of each other, taught from an early age that they would grow up to be part of something bigger than themselves. That kind of thinking was lost in American/Western ideology long ago. In America we are taught from day one that we personally, as individuals, are the most important things: “You deserve better.”

Nothing is taught about respecting the past, or your elders, or other people’s privacy. This is also due to corporate marketing strategies developed from research that make us want to buy a product. Our entire society revolves around what corporations have molded into our minds as necessary where there was really no basic need in the first place.

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