Steven, you are correct. They are stupid shit too in my country that western people can see more clearly. Government send legislators to other countries with $4k per day pocket money. All westerners see that as samples of power corrupts. In Indonesia we sort of know that too but not by much.
In general, westerners believe that humans are “equal”. That’s why they can quickly see any problem when those on top abuse their power.
Subconsciously westerners believe that everyone must have equal number of kids, equal number of mates, equal quality of healthcare and life, etc. etc.
That is despite the fact that people have different capability to pay or attract mates.
For example, it’s obvious that Tom Cruise and Tiger Wood can attract more females and afford more kids. In western civilization, somehow it’s close to legally impossible for those 2 to just breed like rabbits. Tiger can’t just pay women. Child supports are proportional to man’s wealth.
In fact, there is no legal way I can think off where Tiger Wood can have 20 kids without risking bankcruptcy. No matter how rich you are, you can’t afford 20 biological children. Period.
If Tiger pays women to be his concubines most westerner would knee jerkly think that the women is exploited, it can’t be consensual, it’s prostitution, illegal, yada yada yada yada. Women that complain about it is probably not pretty enough to get Tiger Wood.
The rest of the world are more used to hierarchy. So things like religion make more sense in Asia, for example. We don’t see power abuse as a problem. The same way when some people indeed earn their fortune legitimately we tend to tolerate that more.
The real truth, namely that at the end it’s about power, instead of right or morality, is too hard to swallow for most people.
I mainly based my opinion on evolutionary psychology. There are some part that I still do not understand, but it does fit observation that humans, like every other creature instinctively want to maximize reproductive success while depriving others of the same.
The part that doesn’t click is that humans treat those that are similar to them as “family” to a certain extend. So people tend to promote reproductive success of those most similar to them and hate those who are different. That’s just observation.
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