“In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilisational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous.”

–Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking

of World Order – 1996.

 

The most fatal repercussion of the Cold War was that it left all of us in the grip of western culture. The west populated the world with its organisations and systems of governance. Capitalism is itself the brain child of western philosophers. Under such principles, the west could take over the world with exporting its culture. Aren’t we all the McDonald’s generation? Listening to Maroon 5 and sharing coke? From what we wear to what we watch, everything comes from thousands miles away. Western powers have established such a strong hegemonic control that we cannot do without it. Here are countries welcoming transnational corporations and foreign imports. Our revenue and our employments are generated from the benevolence of our masters. Those who deviate are rogue states. Acts of terror are unpardonable but unfortunately most people see them as a last resort for cultural defence. All of the spheres of life in other states have been clouded by western powers. Cultural defence is an inevitable outcome of the west’s behaviour. Culture is an individual possession. We cannot take it away. If the west realises that, the world would become a more peaceful place.