Sunday, March 02, 2008

Reference: Modernisation isn't Westernisation, Bangkok Post, March 2,2008

Everything from running water to the Internet including such social institutions as democracy and the rule of law are Western innovations. The attempt by other cultures to deny that they live in a Western dominated age is a form of delusion bordering on mental illness. That imaginary line between "modernisation" and "Westernisation" (Modernisation isn't Westernisation, Bangkok Post, March 2,2008) may help to soothe and assuage the tortured mind of Asians trying to find a relevance for their culture in a Western world but it serves no other purpose. It would be better not to feel tortured in the first place.

Cha-am Jamal

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