Have you ever noticed a peculiar feature about the self-image, or the lack thereof, amongst Indians? Let me explain..
Whether they are from India, or born in the west, most Indians will enthusiastically deprecate their own kind. If you listened to them you might start believing that all Indians are INTRINSICALLY genetically defective, culturally regressive, poorly educated subhumans, well… everybody except themselves. Linked to this worldview is the desire to be seen as anything other than Indian.
Did you notice the odd juxtaposition of desires? If you wanted to dissociate from your Indian identity, why publicly obsess over “Indian Shortcomings”? ALL “typically Indian attitudes and problems” are seen, often at similar levels, in populations without a trace of Indian ancestry. So what is really behind the Indian blindness to obvious shortcomings of others while concentrating and exaggerating their own ethnicities perceived shortcomings?
I have a few theories about why Indians act in the way they do-
1. The Indic view of the world is zero sum, like most Asian cultures. However unlike East-Asian cultures there is little shared pride in common ancestry as Indians are far more culturally and ethnically heterogeneous.
Consider the following scenario- Ask any Chinese about his views on another person from a different part of China. While person A may not like person B, do business with him or have any particular affection for him- he will almost never try to denigrate them without a good reason. Now do the same thing with an Indian, and he will likely try hard and denigrate somebody he barely knows, based on the simple fact that he is not of his clan, jati, region or social circle.
2. They do not believe in the concept of ‘karma’, nor understand the reasoning behind it.
The original concept of ‘karma’ was based on one simple idea- others will treat you as you treat them. It was meant to remind people that their actions had consequences which could come back to bite them in the ass. Think of ‘Karma’ as an Indic version of “Sic transit gloria mundi” plus “Memento mori“.
3. A sociopathic worldview
Though I often, rightly, accuse other ethnic groups of sociopathic tendencies- the purest expression of sociopathic behavior is seen in well-to-do Indians.
Yes, you heard that right.. IF there is one problem that Indians suffer from- it is overt narcissistic sociopathy. I have often hinted in previous posts that the behavior and attitudes of Indian men are often similar to women in general rather than men of any race.
Will write more about this subject in a future post.