ignores or denigrates other ancient traditions like those of India, China or Mesoamerica as of
little importance. Indeed if we examine books on world history today we discover
that they are largely histories of modern Europe, with non-European cultures turned
into a mere footnote, or simply dismissed as primitive, that is not technologically
advanced, however spiritually or artistically evolved they may have been.
In the post-colonial era, however,
we are now questioning this Euro centric and materialistic view of humanity. We
are recognizing the value of traditional cultures and indigenous peoples, whose
mistreatment and devaluation now appears on par with the destruction
of our natural environment that we have been hastily promoting in the
name of material progress.