I have a lot of respect for ancient cultures, both Western and Eastern, what I do not respect and what I find irritating is the way modern people from the rich world use (dilute) portions of those cultures. One of their arguments, just for instance, is to say to anyone who questions those belief, that modern science is limited, simplistic, and blinded.
That’s nothing new.
Another common strategy I’ve seen many times is to switch from a discussion on the concept, to talk about the people involved in the discussion, often with some insults. So, just to be clear, let me say that I’m Italian and so mine couldn’t be an anglo-american attitude, but yes, I’m an atheist and a materialist, although I don’t see how this is relevant right now. Also, my ass is not positivistic, but on this you’ll have to trust me, ‘cause I’m not posting it on tumblr.