We westerners had our thinking organized by Aristotle. It was he who in the fourth century BC proposed a logical order of classification of the world, where the conclusions depend - linearly - on certain principles. The Aristotelian syllogism that has regulated our thinking so far is based on the premise: greater premise plus lesser premise equals a conclusion.
The Orientals - on the other hand - think in totalities within wholes. That is, while we strive to use the bicycle, the people on the other side of the planet drive Ferraris.
It is said that the greatest genius of mankind was Leonardo da Vinci. The interesting thing is the why: Einstein was brilliant in spatial vision, but weak in German grammar. Leonardo da Vinci was great as a mathematician, great as a physicist, excellent as a physician; and as a painter, no comments. Generality brings plurality of thought that strengthens and sophisticates the intelligence; While specialization crystallizes thoughts and postures. In time, intelligence is much more the balance of a dancer than the power of a dictator.
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