Wow, nice to know some people are thankful for the time others spend researching something for someone who has asked for proof. This hasn’t happened to me yet on this forum. I’ve provided ‘proof’ on a few occasions, and each time, the original interrogator, never showed up thereafter to acknowledge having even so much as read it.
As for people questioning the validity of your own personal experiences, statements, and even the truth about them, I know exactly what you mean. This also happens to me here, and more specifically in my ever-so-disputed Blog. Someone has even gone so far as to misdiagnose an injury of mine, though, had they have just read the Blog with a little more care, they would have clearly understood that their misinterpretation was already clarified in my original post. So after RE explaining for them this old news that they re-hashed, they too didn’t show the slightest acknowledgement.
Some people pick at others by trying to find any weak point about someone’s statements, perhaps for some it is done in order to appease their own validity; instead of being constructive and progressive about it by building upon it. In that sense, debating is one thing, questioning and even making honest mistakes is another (it’s actually healthy and maintains a level of educative progressiveness); but what use is there in discussing anything with someone who refuses to take reality (your words and own experiences, even other ‘facts’) as honest?? There is no basis for argument there; and even more obviously so when that very person questioning the validity disappears once you have given another perspective.
Taiwan certainly has characteristics of a developed nation, especially economically; but as Bu Lai En has found it, and so have I, there are still some discrepencies in the attitudes; etc… when comparing to other nations (where suicide rates, illegal business and property statistics, cases of rotting teeth, animal neglect, cancer growth rates and traffic death rates are much lower). Much like your pretty little drive to Taipei 101 down palm tree lined XinYi Lou, with inexcusable death traps along the pavement.
I haven’t found any proof of Taiwan being internationally recognized as ‘1st world’ / developed, as a matter of fact I’ve encountered plenty to display otherwise (some listed on an earlier post in this thread). The terms 1st,2nd and 3rd world are indeed thought by many to be ‘unkosher’ (as also explained on a link earlier in this thread), but regardless of the terminology we may voluntarily use to define certain phenomenons in our world, there are differences in many things, including the ways in which countries and the economy, politics and people (culture) function within them.
If we strip away the general outlook on them, there will always be discrepencies within each individual case, yet the point is to find a relative comparison between each one in order to adress one issue at a time - top to bottom - first the pervasive and general issues that affect a majority, then (maybe decades or hundreds of years from now) to remaining individual problems. Looking at a country simply based on one or two aspects (ie: GDP) is also a general view. I think more and more research organizations and think tanks are awakening to stripping apart general criteria and basing the relativity on more criteria. I think this is a positive sign of progress. Slowly, we are able to specify more and more. Not only have some even recognized a 4th world, and even a Least Developed Countries criteria, but for most all of those ‘ranks’ more crieteria is being recognized. It just takes time to get to the problem solving level I am sure most of us want to be at.