Just something I've been wondering and toying with for a while. Judging from some Orthodox immigrants I've seen from the old country and comments even on this board, it seems that a good number of Orthodox Christians are very xenophobic of the western world and anything that has to do with the west. Like, I hear old Orthodox immigrants at my parish sometimes rambling on about how all these new 'cultural practices' in the west are so ungodly and deteriorating. However, to be fair, this is not something exclusive only to Orthodox old people; all old people usually ramble on and complain about something. And I've seen people on this board give rambles about how they think western society is deteriorating. How common is this anti-western attitude in the Orthodox? I'd have to say as a westerner, yeah we have our problems, but I doubt that the east is as holy and faultless as you make it out to be. If it were, then why did they bother immigrating to the west in the first place? Obviously they came to the west because there was something better about it that they were not getting in the east, like freedom perhaps. So, where does this attitude stop? God made the west just as he made the east. We're the ones making the most effort in the world and giving the most to world relief funds and sending our peace corps to aid the east. We're also the ones who gave them political and religious freedom when they immigrated over here. You'd think that they'd at least show some appreciation. Thoughts?
I wnt gona respond then i read yr 2nd post, so i will.
Westerners think the world begins and ends with them, see towards the last few sentences u wrote above.
you/we are so self absorbed that we dont see past our own noses. could be thats why SOME are xenophobic.
Also, isnt it ironic that you use the word XENOPHOBIC
to discribe europeans and greeks. you actually took our word (language) and are using it against them
growingup i used 2 tink i was as american as apple pie well into my teens. but then i realised im not, i was born in greece and my parents immigrated here in us when i was 1yrs old. thats why i thought i was an american, i hated anything ethnic/greek. untill some great american boys broke dwn the facts that i was just a forigner and would never really be an american. fyi:that did not end well for them
. but it did open my eyes. took awhile for me to accept im not american but an american citizen on paper only. and i live my life as such.
anyway, we americans are so self absorbed in our culture, our righta, our style, our belifes, so much so we are unaware or discount other cultures. we are shocked that clothing styles around the world actually varry from what we think as in style!
here is one thought i had that supports this theory: do yo know what the most consumed meat in the world is? hugh, what you say, pork...chicken,,,no maybe cow. thats got to be it cows. Not-----its GOAT and lamb! when is the last time your all american guy slaped a goat on the barby? what im trying to show (in a rude way i realise, sorry) is that we americans are NOT the entire world not the majority....we are just a part of this world.
oh too much im tired gota go eat a goat now.
forgot to say that the reason my parents moved to the US was for a better life (education) for them and there kids. Now i gota say i know lots of people who moved to the us on a time limit, they gave themselves 7 yrs to make as much $$ and then go back to greece, kinda rude, but lots did and do. maybe no so much anymore as the US is not what it used to be, people thought the us was lined with money in the streets, its not that way now. btw: im generalising here but the majority of the people in europ do not care for americans or america see my reason above.