#Idea – Getting Free of ‘The Past’ / 14.04.21

A lot of what we call ‘the past’, isn’t. 
You haven’t put it behind us, 
And we might never put it behind us.

Something may be in your past, in the temporal sense
But with you forever in your lived experience.

And until you manage to shake it,
You can’t call it the past
As it invades your current moment
And as you relive it every day.

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#Idea – Afghanistan / A Libertarian(?) Take on Cultural Compatibility and ‘Western Chauvinism’ / 12.09.21

Western values,
Like the idea of equality amongst intersectional classes
And of freedom of speech…
These values are acquired tastes
And, like many acquired tastes
Not everyone will acquire them.

Assuming that a nation will eventually acquire these values
And/or trying to force our values upon them
This is unrealistic
And also perhaps a little arrogant.
Who is to say that they need (or even want) our political system?
Or our worldview?
Some people just wish to be left alone.

It would seem that some cultures are simply less ‘compatible’ with ours.
And this is not a bad thing. Diversity of opinion is still important, right?

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