This used to happen all the time in Pakistan (the Subcontinent is among the cheapest places to live in the world) where people, owing to a lack of proper funded sports facilities, were always making up games and improvising with what they had.
My sister-in-law was telling me that the beginning of the novel “Eat, Pray,Love” was about a pyschiatrist who had to deal with Cambodian refugees from the Khmer Rouge genocide. What struck the psychiatrist was that the problems that the refugees (who had seen unimaginable violence rape, destruction, indiscriminate killing) was that they problem they had were relatively trivial (who was sleeping with who etc). What we have forgotten in the West is that the Rest are not mere passive receptors of culture but rather will redefine and adapt to a changing world.
I saw this extremely inspiring and innovative picture (from professional experience I am extremely impressed by the entrepreneurial and adaptivity of native African investors, who are simply inspiring for their entire continent) whereas my Pakistani friends on Facebook posed the question:
“Imitating (parodying) the west or appropriating it? Your comments, please.”
I’m super surprised by how this has anything to do with the West or the Rest. These very clever children have adapted a game and instead of using hundreds of pounds worth of billiard tables (I’m underestimating the cost) they’ve created their own.
Soon enough they’ll create their own rules and unique iteration of the game, which will allow them (or their African compatriots) to compete in a game, which hitherto was unimaginably expensive.
People are people wherever they are and respond to the same stimulus, incentive and core values (everyone wants to get laid, have kids, make money, those who pretend not to go into the business of religion and do it all anyway though usually in some very disturbing permutation).
I remember a Quranic scholar telling me that in Islam man’s nature is deemed to not change. I would refine that while (genetic engineering notwithstanding) his core nature is unchanged (hierarchy of needs) his circumstances are constantly changing and therefore any divine code must adapt and be amenable to that (for instance in Britain fledgling religious minorities should adapt the emptying churches to their own use so that the landscape is not significantly altered).