It's been a while since I've posted anything in the international forum. Mostly because for some reason almost every thread finds a way of turning into a war of words between Tanzanians and Kenyans. ANyway hopefully this topic will bring us together in discussion for a change. Now when I say Westernization I mean culturally in terms of human interaction and not tall skyscrapers and flyover roads. I say this because we see that even though the West is "modernized" it has come with some price especially culturally. Some of the cultural impact the West's modernization has had are but not limited to a)Death of the extended family. A person is only responsible for those living under his/her house. This is why we see old folks being taken to nursing homes and being left they to be cared to by strangers sometimes w/out any visits from family members. b)Public acceptance of homosexuality to the extent that now they get married in churches. c)High crime rates d)Too many laws to the extent that anybody can be sued for anything. Sometimes you can even get sued for doing the right thing. e)Etc. The question is can Africa modernize while still keeping our own culture? We are hardly out of an agriculture based economy and we are already seeing some elements of the negative impacts of Westernization in our own countries. Now don't get me wrong, the Western culture has it's good points as well. Like any other culture it has both good and bad side affects. Problem is we seem to only be imitating the bad. So the question I pose to you is.........Is modernization possible w/out Westernization?