developed world still exploits the undeveloped world, using it for
raw material, cheap labor reserves, and new markets for mass
consumption. The biggest businesses remain drugs and weapons sales.
The global economy is fueled by oil and clean sources of energy are
not being developed properly in order to protect oil profits. Crime
is on the increase and moral values appear in decline everywhere.
In all of this there is no country
and no religion that appears to represent Dharma or true spiritual
values, much less a humane and globally responsible culture.
Dominant Western countries project a superficial humanism and
democracy that is often little more than a veneer for their own
economic interests. Asia at best imitates the West and is often
cruder in its actions, united the worst in the West with the worst
in their own traditions. It has yet anywhere to confidently restore
and modernize its own spiritual and cultural traditions.
India, the ancient home of
spirituality, remains under the grasp of Western leftist ideologies
and rampant corruption. Hinduism, struggling to reemerge as a force
of Dharma, is divided against itself and often welcomes its enemies
as its friends. Yet the glimmer of light behind this growing
darkness indicates an eventual change. The question is how long and
painful this will have to be.