This entry is from an email I received from an Aussie guy living in Japan. I thought it was a nice insight and worth posting.
Living in Japan (since 2004) meant that when I awoke from the leftist delusion of oneness, etc. (I have lefty folks and a BA in screenwriting:), I woke up fast. Living as a minority is something all whites would benefit from. I know you know this, but peoples really are different – brain structures are just as different as bodies and skin color. My soon-to-be-ex wife is Japanese. I can speak the language enough to see the difference in thought process and philosophy without needing translation. They are really smart people but they can’t think more than a few steps ahead and have a definite blind spot with empathy. I’ve actually tested for this countless times with high level students – they have absolutely no idea what other people’s lives are like, how they think, etc.
It makes me think that empathy is a solely anglo-cultural concept. I think it may be related to this; other cultures have a lot of trouble with the concept of individualism, which I think is also tied to a limited ability to imagine and to innovate. All of these are within a pattern of being able to think outside of oneself or objectively. In some ways I think Anglo thought is too much controlled in this way as we are so susceptible to guilt. I feel that this empathy-imagination-guilt-altruism complex is something specifically European and is very much tied into our idea of ‘soul’.
At first I thought this was cultural, but now I consider it predominantly structural. An interesting fact regarding the structural difference is that when they (the Japanese) speak, the speech centre is in the left brain. English is a right brain language. It is common to think of the brain as something malleable as it is unseen and thought is intangible, but brain structures are as fixed as any other biological difference.