The Cultural Pride of the West

“Western civilization is still suffering from an unjustifiable cultural pride which vitiates all its contacts with the other peoples of the world; this may truly be called ‘spiritual wickedness in high places’… the ‘spirit of evil in things heavenly’ … I should go so far as to say that this fixed idea is a cardinal danger to world peace. For ‘he that despiseth Man, despiseth not Man but God’ ” [Joseph Needham, 1961].

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