When I was a kid, there was a principle in cartoons that justice must prevail, and because I grew up watching and listening to such stories, I was subconsciously imprinted with the idea that that’s how the world works. But now that I’ve lived a long time, I realize that the world doesn’t always work that way, so I’m a little confused. If this is not normal, why does the world go on like this?
Recently, I’ve been reading books about India. It is a book called ‘India 100 Questions 100 Answers’ by Professor Lee Kwangsoo, an India expert. India studies in Korea is a very rare field. Therefore, there are not many related books, and this book has filled my curiosity about India to some extent. Through this book, I realized that the Indian thinking system is very flexible. Most Indians seem to be people who accept that right and wrong are relative, so they don’t have a strong sense that justice must prevail. They accept that things in the world are not represented by good and evil, but can vary depending on the situation.
How does this mindset manifest itself in the real world? One company has set up business in India and trained its employees to work on the ground. For example, training to operate the latest machines on the production line. As is the case with most company training, there is a divide between those who listen and those who just pay attention. The problem is when the training is over. The people who listened to the training left for a better job, and the people who stayed were the ones who were just killing time. After the training, the situation was different. The employees who left had new skills that they didn’t know, so they left for better conditions. Therefore, when working with Indians, it’s important to keep documents and contracts, and check them from time to time to make sure they’re not changing.
It is a system of thinking that things in the world should not be viewed in terms of right and wrong, good and evil, but should be viewed as something that depends on the situation. There is a point. The environment that surrounds us is not always constant. In peacetime, murder is considered the worst of sins, but in war, the person who kills more opponents is hailed as a hero.
It would be fair to say that Indian thinking is very realistic. A lot of our pain comes from the fact that we have beliefs or standards that say things should be this way or that way, and things don’t always work out that way. The question is. Wouldn’t the world be too chaotic if there were no such standards? But, oddly enough, the more entrenched they are, the more chaotic and damaging they are. The United States, with its absolute commitment to the values of freedom and democracy, has the largest arsenal of weapons and actually fights many wars. Medieval European witch hunts and Communist purges also occurred when the values of right and wrong were clear. If we shift our view of the world from “how could that be?” to “it could be,” we might be able to relax a bit.
Indians seem to be people who do what they want to do, but accept that things can change depending on the circumstances. They can be a bit unreliable to work with. But they have a point. The circumstances that surround us are not always in our control. I’m just one small cause in the mix.