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EAST AND WEST, WHERE IS THE
Just as Europe
and America are having a strong cultural and religious effect on Asia, so India, Japan,
China and other Asiatic countries are affecting Western cultural and religious views in
ways the West may not yet suspect. In fact the essence of culture lies in broadening one's
cultural base to include as much of human culture as possible. This is what is regarded as
being cosmopolitan rather than provincial.
Just as we all use different food items that have been developed throughout different
parts of the world, so have different cultures and science developed in various lands. We
should use each of these for its objective worth and not be disturbed by differences of
names. Nor will we find that only our culture is valuable. We will discover something of
value in each culture. We are all human beings and all human culture belongs to each of
us. Whatever any human culture has produced is part of our own humanity. The racial,
linguistic, religious and cultural divisions between people should not be taken rigidly.