On Being Muslim in America
February 22, 2011

When should you push people beyond their comfort zones?

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Sophie : July 18, 2011 05:03 am
It's when we're put into situations that demand something from us that we aren't all too comfortable to provide that amazing things are achieved. Toleration, whether it be religious, political, or cultural has been a characteristic for the majority of successful civilization throughout history. If people were to sit down with one another and have coffee together, no strings attached when lunch hour comes to a close, the world would be a bit more peaceful.
Josie : June 16, 2011 06:48 pm
I definitely agree that you should push people beyond their comfort zones when you have some inkling that they are ready to listen. But I think you should be ready to listen to. Hussein seemed to be incredibly open and respectful. Since Hussein seems to be open to talk, there is a possibility to have really good, productive conversations. If a person, or if Hussein specifically, was not open than it doesn't matter whether the other person is ready to listen or not because nothing good can come from pushing their comfort zones. And when I say "open" or "ready to listen" I don't mean that they have to change their views. I just mean their has to be some sort of understanding, some sort of basic respect between the two people.
Kevin : March 22, 2011 09:30 pm
I would like to point out, and I may be criticized for this viewpoint, but I feel that Muslims in the United States are very different from Muslims anywhere else, including Muslims in other parts of the western world such as Europe. I feel that there is something about the American experience makes it impossible for people not to assimilate, yet they still retain a rich sense of heritage without it clouding their American way of looking at things.
Cantor Linda Shivers : February 23, 2011 07:25 pm
Perhaps when you have some inkling that they are ready to really listen.
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