> 2. Having grown up in a place* which is closer to a balance
> between East and West than anywhere else I can think of,
> I suffer from much less cultural prejudice than you.
When I was born (Suresnes, h˘pital Foch) I remember that West started on one
side of the cradle and East on the other side. I am absolutely positive
about this. Therefore I can't have any cultural prejudice at all - great
Seriously, what do East and West mean in your case? Orient and Occident?
Eastern Block and Western Block? For if you mean the former, I've always
felt that, depending on the point of view and the things you focus upon (and
being a Western European), East may begin Eastward from Greece, or from
India, sometimes from the Alps. I'm sure the opinion of an Albanian or of an
Algerian will be quite different. Also, Morocco, though being in a far
Western location, is culturally said to be part of "the East". I've given up
trying to find a middle point for all this. The more I look at the world,
the more I believe there is no such thing as "East" and "West" as they were
defined, say, in the colonialistic 19th century.
I've followed this conversation with much interest but what I'm the most
aware of is the absolute power of relativity. And I don't find this
confusing at all, rather the most comfortable thing to live in. I don't see
the point in depicting anything "masculine" or "feminine", just because I
think there aren't any solid and immutable criteria to stand on.