Members of our group house entered into a discussion recently about a possible decline in morality and social discipline in various Asian societies as a result of modernization. The consensus was that those societies are corrupted by the influence from our advanced economic and social order.
Reviewing different Asian countries such as Japan and China, many maintained that moral corruption was the rule when modern social forms emerge. Capitalist commerce, trade and modern communications, it is argued, drain virtue from a people. So a modern national of Singapore or Japan is less moral and less disciplined than one of his or her forebears.