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“West” has meant different things at different times. It (still) signifies a cultural attitude of possession: This planet is ours, we can transform it at will.

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It has also signified exploration, and transcending imagined limits.

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Settling at such a limit point signifies an attitude, the willingness to accept being a Stranger in a Strange Land.

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Esthetics here is necessarily a potpourri of ideas and cultures that do not create a harmonious whole by itself.

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The unifying theme is elsewhere.

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Every attempt to create one’s own little human space here is humbled by the vastness of the world around us.

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That we are allowed to be here, too, is a form of grace.

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