I couldn’t agree more. But nowadays the question of the origin of this or that research-worker is no longer the real point. Is this research-worker biased in one direction or another? I have been involved in some discussion in Sri Lanka with Buddhists and among them some monks or Bhikkhus about the translation of Dukkha by “suffering.” It is a bad translation that was more or less provided by some English colonial intellectuals, Rhys Davids Stede for example. We have to move to some postcolonial thinking and there cannot be any postcolonial thinking if we do not think in osmosis with the people from the cultures concerned. We should here discuss the post-traumatic stress syndrome that is developed in slavery, colonialism, and any exploitation by both the dominated and the dominating. And I will not trust Arabs to be the best people on earth to evaluate the ancient heritage present in the Middle East for the very simple reason that over the last fifteen years and still counting those who destroyed some artifacts and buildings there that were five, six or seven thousand years old were local Arabs, Sunni Muslims most of the time. The giant statues of Buddha in Afghanistan were blown up by local Afghani Muslims. They were Afghani so they had the right to destroy what was in Afghanistan, or did they NOT have that right? There are today a lot more reasons to call for collective efforts to save our heritage because the pyramids in Egypt are the heritage of Humanity, not of any group at all, but of the whole Humanity. Unluckily mass tourism is destroying even more than any Islamic State

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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