Watching the TGRC's production of The King and I was a fun experience. I shed tears watching my daughter play the part of Eliza, the lead role in the play within the play.
Prevailing wisdom teaches that all cultures are equally valid and good. But is that true? Is a culture with slavery just as good as one that emphasizes freedom? Is ruling with fear as good as ruling with law? When promises mean nothing, is society better?
And finally, why was the Eastern king seeking a teacher from the West, instead of vice versa?
Western culture has its flaws, to be certain, and I think we can learn a lot from Eastern cultures. But every culture benefits when it recognizes truth and adjusts to truth. The real rub is not the clash of cultures, but the battle between truth and man-made traditions.