||However important the
position of the US is in the World, it has not changed the point of gravity
to New York or Washington; that has and will be for a long time the Middle
East. It is there where the cultures of West and East are showing not to
be have been homogenized. It is there where cultures clash. It is also
there where the alphabet originated, but where scripts part. It is the
border of the classics. The Western classics have little positive influence
on the East with some exceptions. The classics of the East have very view
readers in the West. Both sides are missing out on the good influences
they could have from each other, as knowledge always has positive effect.
It should have that chance. The challenge of the 21st century is not just
to defeat terrorism; it is also to overcome the provincialism of cultural
traditions. A very difficult but obvious change should be promoted: to
use the western Alphabet characters in all countries who not
yet do so. The functionality is clearly to be seen in the computer
technology of the moment. In the future we know, we can expect
ever more capable computer technology. This could make it possible
to process graphics in some total new way. It would give the more graphic
demanding scripts of Middle East and Asia chances of extended life.
This would however not help the needed
homogenization of the World. Not that we can expect much cooperation from
those who "divide and rule". And then: how to overcome the inertia of the
masses? Much has to do with religions. These have to be homogenized too.
Who is ready for that?