Jeopardize: put (someone or something) into a situation in which there is a danger of loss, harm, or failure
I think for this Daily Post I’m going to get a little bit political.
For all our bragging and huge assumptions the west almost entirely consists of America, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe with Eastern Europe as a sometime cultural ally, there are perhaps one or two more outposts but these countries are the major areas and they are the only areas where western culture and politics based on a largely shared Judeo Christian history exist with any real power.
So, its a bit rich and extremely dangerous for the west to promote its ideas and values as if the whole world shares them, particularly since vast areas of the world actively dislike and object to western culture, even if in some countries the west appears to be respected, valued and copied almost all that respect, value and copying is not much more than skin deep and often no deeper than fashion and western music.
It seems to me to be something the west as a whole has got to learn to understand. Countries like China, India and Japan may pay lip service to western fashion and technology but they have their own cultures and are not about to give them up because the west assumes western culture is better so of course they will dump their own. We in the west must learn that while our ingenuity in some things is admired very often our lifestyles are actively disliked even held in contempt.
We actually put lives in jeopardy when we get all clever and arrogant and shove our attitude to things like homosexuality down the unwilling throats of countries with very different opinions and attitudes.
It maybe politically correct to pretend the whole world is equal and LGBTQ people are equal within it but it is a dangerous pretense. Not to the politically correct who promote the idea of individual equality from their safe western country, but to those in countries outside the west who might try to live the idea and instead end up dieing for it.
When the west in its often unthinking arrogance assumes its culture is better and must be adopted everywhere there is a danger some people in other countries are either exposed by the west or like naive fools believe the west, this is one way some men get thrown off high buildings for being homosexual and some women get stoned to death for trying to have an independent life or even independent opinion in countries that don’t tolerate gay men or independent women.
The west doesn’t cover the globe we just like to think we do but if in our arrogance we speak too much or too soon we jeopardize all those people outside the west who think they can live western lives in countries the west can’t influence. Sadly the people in non western countries can’t live western lives and for the most part the west can’t help them only time and the gradual acceptance of change can do that.
If the west can do anything at all it can shut up lest our assumptions put innocent people in jeopardy.