Deaf prophecies

Professor Mark Mazower has an interesting Op.-Ed. in FT on western ideas. This is a good line:

The west has been acting for too long like a deaf prophet, so convinced of its own truths that it does not need to listen.

But, I do not share his optimistic conclusion:

A new world of ideas awaits and the west, if that outmoded term still has any value, should for the sake of its own intellectual vitality embrace this and not turn its back on it.

Most of the elites from the developing world have grown up being inspired by the West, particularly America. It has also led to homogenisation of the intelligentsia. So, there are no immediate world of ideas that awaits the west. It is going to be a vacuum for a while. There is no diversification in the world of ideas now.


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