Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only, of oneself, what is done or left undone. ~Buddha
So over the weekend I spent some time talking to a stranger who decided to insert herself into my conversation with my mother. When she interrupted, Mother and I were talking about my Morocco trip. The lady was highly offended that I would choose to go to a Muslim country when they are trying to “destroy” America. I asked what religion she was and she said that she wasn’t religious but felt a liking towards Rastafarians. I should have stopped right there knowing that there was no way I would be able to communicate to her but I persisted.
I explained to her about how wonderful it is to learn about other cultures and see how they live. Many people live lives that we would deem worthless or below us. I tried to impress that it wasn’t what people said but how they acted. I suggested, that in my travels I have only been treated with kindness and hospitality. It didn’t matter about their creed or life choices but how you treated them in return.
Sometimes I feel that people get blinded by a person’s race or creed and can’t see pass that to who they really are. I know I would have a difficult time in an arranged marriage but I have heard many interviews and testimonies that it does work. However, what does their traditions have to do with me? Can I not be a person’s friend even if I don’t agree with them 100%? Isn’t that the definition of friendship. I challenge you to delve deeper then just the culture around a person. Instead you should try to see how they live with their culture’s traditions.