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When the Light Comes from Behind

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0086
When the Light Comes from Behind

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The Arabs became admirers of an ancient heritage whose people were trying to leave it behind. The moment the Chinese opened their doors, seeking a serious change in direction toward the future, droves of men and women flocked to China from the future-oriented civilization of the West with the wish to learn the classics of antiquity. The cultures have met at a crossroads. On the one side were those who had decided, after slowly walking forward with their heads turned backward for two millennia, to turn their heads around and look forward. They were met by those who were educated to look forward but were in fact walking backward. Now, for part of the Western population, the light comes from the past and suggests turning around and continuing to march while facing backward, and to always keep the light in view.

Keywords: Chinese; West; antiquity; future-oriented civilization; crossroads

Chapter.  684 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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