A recent discussion with one of our dear writers brought "Western World" on the table. The tone was that we have to defend our Western values against .... (as the media tries to tell us) Russia or China or Islam or whatever.
So let's defend. I go to Moscow, and what do I see ? People staring at their cellphones, iShit here and there. And there's an iPad over there ! The guy in Starbuck's uses an iPad !
Frustrated to see that "Western" is all around in Russia I board a plane to Shanghai. As I get off, I ask where I could find a bite to eat closest to the airport. "Oh, 5 minutes from here there's a McDonalds." ? I thought that China is not a "Western" country, but, well, never mind.
So, unable to find a non-Western country apparently, I book a flight to Teheran. In front of the airport, I call for a cab. The first car which stops is a Mercedes. Shit. I want to refuse to enter and ask for an Iranian made car, a non-Western means of transportation. The driver tells me: "I am very sorry, this best car, Germany made, you know. No fear !".
So, then, I'm tired. I was unable to find a non-Western country. I figured that, by now, the whole world is a "Western World" - as long as people are allowed to have the cash to be "Western".
There is no "Western World" in fact. It's a rich world versus a poor world. It's a MATERIAL world which defines if you are "Western" or not. No phone, no TV, no car, no "Western" ? Is it so easy ? I guess not.
What people REALLY define by "Western World", is, I'm afraid, "Christian World", a world which is still deeply influenced by religion and all its prejudices and limitations. Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus are not part of that "Western World", even though they are like the people in places I described above.
I don't discuss religions and cultures here since the subject is "Western World". Maybe YOU can define that exactly ;-)
BTW: The first part is fiction. But my experiences tell me it's just like that.