Isn't this View of Western
Actually it is the Western
account of history that is insensitive. Look at any book on world
history coming from the West and you will see that it is mainly a
history of modern Europe with spiritual cultures like the Hindu
dismissed as of little importance, and ancient spiritual cultures
like the Egyptians regarded as merely primitive.
Similarly Western books on
the history of philosophy give little credit to the great
experiential spiritual systems of the Hindus and Buddhists. Their
history of art has little regard for the monumental spiritual
traditions of countries like India, Egypt or Mexico but is mainly
concerned with the personal style art of modern Europe and America
which is lacking in any sense of the Eternal and the Infinite.
Western civilization itself
is arrogant and does not understand the rest of civilization, which
has been its largest portion historically, or the great spiritual
traditions of humanity, which are the essence of civilization.
Western civilization pretends that it represents civilization as a
whole, when it only represents one recent trend.