leighsword wrote:yes,absolutely you(Europe/the Western world) did it to yourselves,but we(China/the East world) affect what you did.(search "who invented the paper and printing").the communication is a way to affect the Western world,the Silk Road.
Today,you(Europe/the Western world) affect us(China/the East world) in many fields include you meationed.
You might have understood me saying that Europe did a lot original inventions (although I might have misunderstood etcetcetc ). "doing it to yourself" basically means creating your own misfortune (as Europe did).
Anyway, what I meant is that Europeans could have been original inventors but we kept ourselves backward. So what happened is that whatever was invented, the Asians and especially the Chinese were first 9 out of 10. The printing press is a good example. In school we learned a Dutchman invented it, then I found out Gutenberg beat us to it and much later found that the Chinese were first.
Only after the renaissance started to undo the shackles of religion Europe was starting to get somewhere. Europe from about 500 to 1500 AD was not a great place to be for anyone with original thoughts.