Our refutations and criticisms of Western civilization will land upon deaf ears. Why? Because the West, in its present state, is superior. They care not for the barbarity characterizing their civilizations 1000, 2000, 3000, or 4000 years ago. What matters to them is that they are superior and the rest of the world is inferior. Ignore the colonialism, imperialism, and the rape of "inferior" races and cultures! Instead, lets shit on the "backwards" societal systems in different nations, discarding the fact that EVERY civilization in its nadir develops some sort of abominable or wretched practice (lets have a wonderful discussion about slavery in America, shall we?).
This is precisely why I dislike the West so much. Instead of expressing remorse for their imperialist, mercantile, and colonialist history, Westerners continue to assert and JUSTIFY their "superiority". Instead of HELPING other nations develop INDEPENDENTLY, free from the clutches of oil-hungry Western capitalist corporations and Western gambits for power, they continue to try to "Westernize" and "globalize" (meaning develop but under the foot of the West) the rest of the world.
Is this what you call a superior civilization? Is a superior civilization one that produces materialistic, arrogant, supremacist, and hypocritical people? Does a superior civilization denounce "inferior" civilizations and yet run to those civilizations to gain spirituality?
This is why I repeatedly assert that Westerners, especially the kind most prevalent on this forum, can never break free from maya or samsara. This isn't a matter of racism but rather one of CULTURE and SOCIETY. Westerners have had quite a history with racism, conquest, violence, war, and so forth and I am afraid to say that such notions of superiority have been so ingrained in Western SOCIETY, that Westerners take their supremacy for granted. It takes CONSIDERABLE amount of work to break free from such willful ignorance.
The West is materially superior; I will grant it that. Even I have great gratitude to the West for enabling us "inferior" and "backwards" peoples to educate and enrich ourselves through immigration and meritocratic systems. But that is where my appreciation ends for I can never find peace in such an incongruous society.
India may be a shithole or a toilet but its where I am the happiest and at one with myself. Even with all its poverty and dirtiness, I can still say this: the harder the path, the greater the triumph. If we Indians keep persevering, keep campaigning for reform, change and the discovery of our roots, I can guarantee that India will once again become the nation it once was.