The title of my blog page is rather vague and probably needs some explaining other than the fact that I think it sounds nice. In 2 weeks I’m traveling west, across the continental United States and west across the Pacific. I’m traveling so far west, that it becomes east, after crossing the invisible international date line. West in the title is not merely a cardinal direction. West also refers to a world view: the western world view. The world has been dominated by western influences and culture since the 19th century. Likewise, I have only known western culture since my infancy. Western culture is where I grew up, and where I blossomed as a young man, however to truly thrive, I must look beyond the horizon that I already see. I must look beyond west.