Critical thinking and common sense (as I know it) is not inherent to the people here, and that has many, many repercussions. Not a lot of forward planning. No real sense of urgency. They learn one way, and there’s not much room for thinking beyond that, maybe because they have not been encouraged, allowed, or educated to do so.
Decision making is highly centralized, and many have conditioned not to “colour outside the lines.” I have run into this issue over and over again. It seems to be all about living today and in this moment, which has its pros and cons.
But is it really that much of a surprise? How can you think about tomorrow, when you are struggling just to make it through today?