5 min read.Updated: 28 Mar 2022, 01:40 AM ISTManu Joseph
Western praise is effusive as much as it’s self serving, for its point is to have us all be more like them
We were reminded this year that ‘the West’ is not ‘White people’. Russia, for instance, is not the West, according to the West and also Russia. Some people say Japan is a part of the West. But that is because they think if a country is rich, and has stand-up comedians and fair elections, it must be ‘the West’. But is it possible to spot ‘the West’ on a map? I don’t think all of the US will make it. Maybe the West is not a region. It is not even most people in Europe and North America. But the West does exist. Some scholars say the West is an idea. Scholars who say something is an idea usually mean it is a good idea. The West probably is, but if so, it is a good idea that thinks there is no other good idea, which makes it something sacred, like a religion. But then the West has been a sacred idea for so long, its modern description has to be more than that.