Flipping this around, a big problem I have with western culture is that to a large extent people don't have to take responsibility for their own actions anymore. The culture of laying the blame elsewhere and claiming compensation is all to prevalent. How many adverts do you see every day for injury lawyers and where there's blame there's a claim?
The case that always sticks with me is the woman that sued McDonalds for $2 million after she spilt her coffee on herself because it was their fault the coffee was too hot. There was another case that was discussed on a course I attended about a burglar who fell through a conservatory roof while attempting to commit a burglary and sued the owners of the house for the injuries he suffered. If that's what you call progress then I quite like the fact that Thailand is the way it is.
I don't live in Thailand and I appreciate that the longer you spend around these things, the more of an issue they become, so those of you that do live there will probably have a different opinion, which is fair enough.
I think, you hit the nail on the head ...
As an expat, you go through different phases, and one is normally -after the initial hype has gone- to see more the negatives. (Have been through that the second time, Thailand being the 2nd expat country. Cursing continously about the driving style, expecting everywhere a rip'off and the list goes on...).
The next phase is the decisive one:
do you manage to get into "realistic mode" -seeing the negatives, but accepting them in exchange for the positives the country has to offer -
or do you get into "hate mode" -despising and hating everyone and everything, a phenomenon you can often see in the Thai Visa Forum.
That said, if everything would change to the western model, e.g. political correctness, strict obeyance of the law (prostitution law???), Thai mentality to western harshness and directness, negativism instead of Thai laissez faire, and ...
why would there be any reason not to stay in the mother country instead of Thailand ???
In the end, it is exactly those differences and also some of the dangers, which make it worthwhile to come to LOS, be it on holiday or as expat !