The East is ultimately a political vision of reality structured to promote differences which are reminiscent of the familiar and the strange. Therefore alternating in the mind’s geography between being entrenched with the old world, to which one has returned, and an entirely newly discovered place, to which one comes to establish a new world. Certainly, neither is purely one thing or the other: this oscillation, its tempting suggestiveness, entertains and confuses. Amassing mysteries that challenge rational Western thinking to new exercises of its enduring ambition and power. The Orient thus vacillates with the West’s breeding contempt for what is recognizable, and its novelty harboring potential for delight, fear and violence.