"To interpret from the Buddhist scriptures, Western culture is like Theravada, while Chinese culture or Eastern culture is like Mahayana. Of course, the systematic culture in China started much earlier than Indian Buddhist culture and is more extensive than Buddhism. But the dominant idea is almost the same. The philosophy... "
"For a Westerner to trash Western culture is like criticizing our nitrogen/oxygen atmosphere on the grounds that it sometimes gets windy, and besides, Jupiter's is much prettier."
"He argues that the self-replicating lore that has emerged from prehistory to gird Western culture is like a whale: now enormous and insatiable, it began as a mere cetacean 54,000 years ago that grew into its bulk by constantly responding to shifts in its environment."
"And Western culture is like the fresh water. Some fish will swim into it and think " I like this," "I can look good," "I can look like a model," "I can live like I've dreamed," but the fish might end up looking like a model while they're half dead. How does rock 'n' roll fit into this? Are the kids as into it as the rest of the"
"Western culture is like mold on cheese. If you don't cut it off from the rest of the cheese, it'll spread fast."
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