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Tim Colgan


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How can the Islamic and non-Islamic peoples get along better?

There is a lot of conflict between Islamic and non-Islamic people:
. War in Iraq.
. War in Afghanistan
. Chechnya/Russia.
. Balkans
. Indonesia
. Northern Africa/sub-Saharan Africa
. Uyghurs of China
. Israel/Palestine

What is necessary for us to get along better?


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    May 12 2011: I think a lot of it has to do with tolerance. People need to learn to be less afraid of others who are "different" and instead choose to love all humans equally. I think that breaking away from nation-states and accepting a more global citizen attitude will also encourage others to connect on a deeper level.

    However, I doubt that the idea of tolerance/acceptance will be used by military forces, and it is hard to believe that we will ever see peace in the near future.
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      May 12 2011: Hi Paige, I loved a recent post on another thread that reminded all of us that tolerance has the sense of 'putting up with' while respect might be the term we are searching for.
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        May 13 2011: I really like that idea! I definitely agree that respect is probably the best term for this situation!
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        May 13 2011: yes, great point Debra..respect is what we are striving for..very very different from tolerance
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      May 15 2011: Hi Paige. Looks like you kicked off an interesting discussion. My question is - how do we become tolerant/respectful of people who are acting in ways that we can't tolerate (discriminating against women, corporal punishment, etc)?

      aside: I'm sure others find things they can't tolerate in us - our military domination, deterioration of family, pornography, etc.

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