Friday, October 07, 2011

Neat & minimalist

[Re: I have never seen such a baby, never—the Mother
by Sandeep on Sat 24 Sep 2011
If he went through the American school system and experienced the fraternities, the binge drinking, the hookup sex and what not, I bet his psychic quality would have receded pretty quickly.]

Steve Jobs' Indian connection has aroused much interest. The East-West synthesis, again, is being talked about. But the economic compulsions are assuming priority over cultural or philosophical angles. The size of the Indian Market is so attractive that everyone is interested to secure a toehold in it.

It is almost a century now since Spengler's The Decline of the West appeared in 1918. Eurozone's current troubles may or may not be an indication of it. But this much is clear that Europe and America will increasingly be dependent upon India for their survival in the years to come. This means not only economic integration but also cultural commerce.

Religion and language are two visible hurdles for the West's reception in India. But already an influential minority among the elite is facilitating this and their number is growing fast. The task at hand, therefore, is to identify the core values that need to be propagated. Neither a blanket condemnation of the West nor an uncritical eulogy of ancient Indian wisdom is going to be of any help. Even, the explicit recommendations of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo need to be sieved to make them acceptable to the modern mind. Like Jobs, we should be able to anticipate what the consumer wants. [TNM55]

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