The threat of the unheroic and antiutopian to the radical mind.

The Occident, as defined by its enemies, is seen as a threat not because it offers an alternative system of values, let alone a different route to utopia. It is a threat because its promises of material comfort, individual freedom, and the dignity of unexceptional lives deflate all utopian pretensions. The anti-heroic, antiutopian nature of Western liberalism is the greatest enemy of religious radicals, priest-kings, and collective seekers after purity and heroic salvation.

Source: Occidentalism by Buruma and Margalit.


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