“What I am trying to get at is perhaps the foundations of the west, and that the west is only now used by some as a pejorative. So if we take the values of the enlightenment, rationality, empiricism, separation of church and state, etc. it would seem to be all of these are being forgotten. Also perhaps the classic era.
I feel there is some kind of intellectual or spiritual sickness in the west, as if we have collectively forgotten our core values. It's also about the past being another country and the modern movement to rewrite history. It's not written from any modern political perspective, despite no doubt people reading what they want into that, it's an observation as I said of what I perceive as the end of an era.”