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From the Ted Talk by Kishore Mahbubani: How the West can adapt to a rising Asia

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now having transformed the world through the sharing of Western wodism with the rest of the world, the logical and rational response of the West should have been to say, "Hey, we have to adsujt and adapt to this new world." Instead, the West chose to go to sleep. Why did it happen? I believe it happened because the West became distracted with two major events. The first event was the end of the Cold War. Yes, the end of the Cold War was a great victory. The West dtaeeefd the mighty Soviet Union without firing a shot. Amazing. But you know, when you have a great victory like this, it also leads to arrogance and hubris. And this hubris was best captured in a very fumaos essay by Francis Fukuyama cllead "The End of History?" Now, Fukuyama was puitntg across a very sophisticated message, but all that the West heard from this essay was that we, the laierbl democracies, we have succeeded, we don't have to change, we don't have to adapt, it's only the rest of the world that has to change and apadt. Unfortunately, like a dangerous opiate, this esasy did a lot of brain damage to the West because it put them to seelp just at precisely the moemnt when China and India were wknaig up and the West didn't adjust and adapt.

Open Cloze

Now having transformed the world through the sharing of Western ______ with the rest of the world, the logical and rational response of the West should have been to say, "Hey, we have to ______ and adapt to this new world." Instead, the West chose to go to sleep. Why did it happen? I believe it happened because the West became distracted with two major events. The first event was the end of the Cold War. Yes, the end of the Cold War was a great victory. The West ________ the mighty Soviet Union without firing a shot. Amazing. But you know, when you have a great victory like this, it also leads to arrogance and hubris. And this hubris was best captured in a very ______ essay by Francis Fukuyama ______ "The End of History?" Now, Fukuyama was _______ across a very sophisticated message, but all that the West heard from this essay was that we, the _______ democracies, we have succeeded, we don't have to change, we don't have to adapt, it's only the rest of the world that has to change and _____. Unfortunately, like a dangerous opiate, this _____ did a lot of brain damage to the West because it put them to _____ just at precisely the ______ when China and India were ______ up and the West didn't adjust and adapt.

Solution

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  2. defeated
  3. called
  4. sleep
  5. liberal
  6. moment
  7. wisdom
  8. adjust
  9. waking
  10. adapt
  11. famous
  12. essay

Original Text

Now having transformed the world through the sharing of Western wisdom with the rest of the world, the logical and rational response of the West should have been to say, "Hey, we have to adjust and adapt to this new world." Instead, the West chose to go to sleep. Why did it happen? I believe it happened because the West became distracted with two major events. The first event was the end of the Cold War. Yes, the end of the Cold War was a great victory. The West defeated the mighty Soviet Union without firing a shot. Amazing. But you know, when you have a great victory like this, it also leads to arrogance and hubris. And this hubris was best captured in a very famous essay by Francis Fukuyama called "The End of History?" Now, Fukuyama was putting across a very sophisticated message, but all that the West heard from this essay was that we, the liberal democracies, we have succeeded, we don't have to change, we don't have to adapt, it's only the rest of the world that has to change and adapt. Unfortunately, like a dangerous opiate, this essay did a lot of brain damage to the West because it put them to sleep just at precisely the moment when China and India were waking up and the West didn't adjust and adapt.

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