June 22, 2004
This fact was first brought to light for me by a Sikkimese businessman during a three hourinterview I conducted with him on our trip to
We had a wide ranging discussion of South Asian politics, cultural dynamics and geopolitics.Having spent eight years in
It was during our discussion of geopolitics that the issue of
My initial response was mixed between immediate interest in this insight and nativedefensiveness at such a broad brush indictment of American society as a whole. My interest wonout, and I stifled my urges of self-righteous defensiveness in favor of learning what I could fromthose around me in foreign lands, an approach that has served me well during our travels. As heexplained his position, I began to see that his contention was intellectually sound and arguablyirrefutable.
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