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Thursday, February 18, 2010

East v. West

All atrocities must be condemned and indeed, they are being condemned in the west and in the east. What we hear, see and read is the work of extremists and not good people who are every where.
- The formula of governance is no different in Iran, India, USA, Palestine, Israel or Saudi Arabia; a few monopolize the power. Is it any different in a Mosque, Synagogue, Church or a temple? Nopes. The dominant spouse or parent gets away with a lot of things as well.
- It is the animal instinct in us to claim security, and we convert that into the form of superiority - Neither west is better nor is east, they are two societies operating on their own equilibriums. The practices in your family and your friend's family are not the same; they have different sub-cultures in terms of spouse, parents and kids relationships. People in west are no different than the east that has been my experience, my relationships are not few minutes in the office or at a dinner, they are deeper and I am shaped by that experience. We are motivated by the same sentiments.
-  The people in west abhor atrocities just as much as in the east, but they really don't do a whole lot about it. In one of the discussion threads that you and I were together, one fellow harassed a girl, indeed, he chased her out, I was the only one to tell the bully to back off, there were 19 others on the list, and did not say a word, did they? Did you? 
- We cannot blame either west or east, but ourselves, if each one of us acts in the right way, then it is safe to expect that a few more will do the same.
Mike Ghouse


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