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EAST AND WEST, WHERE IS THE
interestingly, we note that the division between East and West is often made into a one
way street. In America we are told, particularly by our religious leaders, that we should
not adopt Eastern spiritual or religious teachings because they are foreign and
"Eastern" and not appropriate for we "Westerners"' who should follow a
Western religion or spiritual path.
religious groups don't hesitate to try to convert the people of Asia, which has always
been one of their primary goals. Western missionaries don't tell Easterners that their
"Western" Christian religion is not appropriate for the people of Asia who
should follow an "Eastern" religion more in harmony with their culture
background, like Hinduism or Buddhism. Western religious leaders treat their Western
religions as of global relevance, but they do not like it if people of Eastern
religious background consider that their religions also possess a global
significance. This is an obvious cultural prejudice. Is not religion meant to deal with
what is universal anyway?