East v. West

East: presence and inclusion of all religions and celebration of religious differences.
West: purging of all religious symbols or representation; absence of religion.

East: negative marginalization and promotion of one’s own community, usually on religious grounds.
West: positive community involvement.

East: based on social background, lineage and class/ caste.
West: based on economic background and disability.

Gender Equality
East: division of responsibilities in different but equal social roles.
West: equal sharing of rights, responsibilities and hardships through pursuit of male role by all members of society.

East: symbol of modesty, respect and reverence. (Hats and scarves or kerchiefs are worn when visiting a place of worship or in the presence of elders. Headgear also signifies geographic, religious or family background.)
West: disrespect and defiance of authority; bondage by tradition. (Hats are removed during National Anthems and to greet elders/ ladies.)

Freedom of Expression
East: expression of opinions for or against atrocious or offensive practices, usually stemming from suffering or wrong-doing.
West: propagation of personal opinions, whether offensive or obscene, expressed with or without a point or reasoning.

Liberals and Others
East: intolerant of people or practices deep-rooted in tradition.
West: tolerant and accepting of other cultures, their traditions and practices.

Conservatives and Others
East: intolerant of unconventional roles and practices.
West: intolerant of unconventional roles and practices, as well as traditions and cultures other than their own.

Male Chauvinism
East: willingly or unwillingly accepted as a ‘role,’ leading to subjugation of women and pigeon-holing them into traditional ‘duties’ without consideration of context.
West: promoted by women themselves, leading to objectification of women under the guise of gender equality and freedom.

East: responsibility, stability, conventionality.
West: independence, exploration and experimentation; re-evaluation of conventions.

Value Systems
East: based on societal and familial norms.
West: based on personal assessment and decision-making.
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