I’ve heard it said that the average mode of cognitive development changes along with a societies means of production, so that an agrarian society will hold largely mythic world views, taking their bible stories literally, while an industrial society will be moving on to being able to rationally look at ideas, and a socieity with an information based economy can start to take a wider view and see many systems at once.

Oldredeyes said that since Thailand has rapidly moved from rural to living mostly in cities, cities that have global economic ties, that this will force a social change.

I hadn’t thought of it that way – that the social structure will force the social change. Cities and their economies force people to open their minds so that they can engage in the new ways they will need to in order to economically prosper.