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TheHermit Post time: 2014-8-25 18:09
I am a Westerner myself and fully aware of what the West has given the world. Alas recently the We ...
I have spent almost half my life in countries that form part of the West. I have experienced the best of them personally. I have been accepted by many as their own - they could not do better for someone they'd call family. Personally I have done well. I reciprocate and try to do my bit. I have seen the strengths of the west... In short, I have known the Best of the West. It still exists, Hermit.
However, I also know what you mean, when you bemoan the state it has fallen into politically and economically. Here is a short list of things I too feel bad about - these are signs of a very disturbed and dysfunctional society at a basic level. Superficially, things seem, sort of OK and still running or muddling through.. but somethings are not quite right.
- I find it sad that 'leaders' (and hence their followers), cannot speak of or speak to leaders of other countries with respect or courtesy as they would to a or about a neighbour. They engage in petty name-calling and characterisation on public record to fool their own public. On that note alone - leaders of Russia, China, India and numerous 'third world' countries deserve much credit.
- There is a lack of sincerity or morals in political statements. Every one knows it and goes along for perceived personal gain. What they are starting to realise is that they are being deceived.
- There is never an appeal to true, fair morals (even though they misuse references to these that everyone can see is fake or hypocritical). The true case for any action is always made on the basis of economics - lives of 'other' humans is sometimes given lipservice." How many billions (now trillions) of dollars this way or that?" That seems to clinch public opinion.
- There is a great reluctance to refer to adversaries - from other countries or certain races within one's own countries as fellow human beings or brothers. There is a consistent demonising of an adversary.
- Showing empathy or such brotherly fellow feelings or expressing them is considered a failure or mistake in getting elected. Many will refuse to call ANYONE of a different race as a brother or profess love for them. They will evade the issue even if put in a spot with a direct simple question. There is hate, based only on race and religion in the main political, public discourse. It is not just a personal thing.
- Every important human issue is nationalised ' So many Americans killed or injured. So many Australians affected and so on even in the most uncontroversial tragedies'.
- Every negative human trait is also nationalised 'Its Un-American (means an American did something bad), Its Un-Australian (means some Aussie did something bad), I suppose they say its Un-British when some Briton does something awful!! What low, cheap appeals to nationalistic 'pride'(?) !!
- There is a consistent and persistent effort to divide people within and without the country based on interests, while claiming the opposite.
- There are no simple, straight, honest answers to economic questions or issues. The arithmetic used in Economics is really very simple and not rocket science. No one will answer a straight question of when the expenses exceeded the income (it is straight, simple subtraction).
- There is so much jargon, fancy words created every few days to confuse the issue so that a lay person or even a knowledgeable person will give up trying to understand the details.
I find some of these to be similar to conditions that I used to bemoan while a teenager growing up in India. Things have certainly changed there now. Many for the better. But other things have changed for the worse there too!