China in the spotlight – the journey of the flame

Thursday 17 April, 2008 By Cosmin Andron

I am sorry to disappoint my self-righteous friends but i have to say that, concerning the recent events surrounding the trip of the Olympic flame , I find myself on the side of the Chinese people…

I am afraid us, the westerners, are too quick to transfer our values, political and ethical expectations onto other civilizations; we see everything through our home-made lenses and if sometimes the reality is skewed we blame the reality and not the lenses or our projections…

It is easy to be self-righteous when does not affect you; it is easy to condemn other people’s nationalism when yours goes unquestioned.

If Beijng deserves boycott for these Olympic games i see plenty of reasons, within the same framework, for Atlanta, Sydney or London to have received similar protests; somehow, though, our right is more right than others’ and it seems fashionable today for people to have pet-causes that keen keep them busy in between other social activities…

Would be easier if the world were to be all in black and white, but it isn’t, while bigotry and stupidity is definitely colour-blind…