What do US Capitol attack and the West's Covid-19 death rates have in common?

The answer lies in the philosophical underpinnings of societies.

Women at a Coming of Age Day ceremony in Yokohama last month. Future historians will be astonished at the big disparity in Covid-19 death rates between leading Western societies and East Asian societies, says the writer. PHOTO: REUTERS

At the end of the day, the root cause of many of the social and political problems we face is the failure to understand the real meaning of key philosophical concepts.

I write these words with some personal satisfaction. Fifty years ago, in 1971, when I graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, some of my friends and family members secretly believed that I had wasted four good years of my life studying useless things.

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