The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:|
the Far Eastern peoples. The first result scarcely needs to be
proved to us, who are only too ready to believe it without proof.
It is, nevertheless, a fact. Viewed unprejudicedly, their
civilization is not so advanced a one as our own. Although they
are certainly our superiors in some very desirable particulars,
their whole scheme is distinctly more aboriginal fundamentally.
It is more finished, as far as it goes, but it does not go so far.
Less rude, it is more rudimentary. Indeed, as we have seen, its
surface-perfection really shows that nature has given less thought
to its substance. One may say of it that it is the adult form of a
lower type of mind-specification.