reply to post by Bunken Drum
Hey my friend, I hear you, you probably practice the same religion I do it's called Sex-Drugs-and Rock 'n Roll. It's a loose kind of go with the
flow every day is a holiday affair with not a whole lot of worship involved on your knees except the occassional blessing of a toilet!
Culture shock can be overwhelming at times. I remember my first Cuban Christmas Eve the best roast pork I have ever tasted and not one darn potatoe
mashed, fried, boiled, or baked to be seen! Weirdos! But the company was great and the pork and other food was too even if there were no potatoes. The
old men thought I was CIA because I knew so much about History and Politics and Cuban History even though I am just a Gringo.
Yet over the years I have found myself with Orientals, Hindus, Budhists, Jews, Muslims, Latins, Greeks and others for holidays and having to play the
part of the lone White Anglo Saxon Protestant who really just protests an occassional lack of Sex-Drugs and Rock n' Roll!
I posted the thread in Above Politics hoping that great people like you would keep politics out of it or the politics of religion anyway. I didn't
want to make it a religious thread either and invite that kind of debate, but to keep the politics of religion out of it at well.
Mostly it's about trying to rise above politics as you witnessed yourself in "An American who isn't anti-Muslim". There are many Americans who
aren't, but the press and the government has a tendency to take that stance so we all get painted with that brush.
I wanted to try to demonstrate as you have done yourself by example so well, that it's possible to rise above the politics of religion, and the
politics of nations just to share what we universally all have in common and strengthen our bonds on what we have in common.
One of my Biker friends has a great weekend long party twice a year to coincide with Bike Week and Biketober Fest in Daytona Beach FL. Some of her
friends belong to different Biker Clubs that don't all get along, and of course guys and girls who have changed lovers but not crowds over the years.
She has a big empty metal drum by the enterance with a notebook and some pens, with a sign that says "What ever your issues are or might be with
anyone else write them down and leave them in that drum as long as you are here".
She's never had a fight in the 12 years I have been going to her parties and let me tell you those are people who know how to worship! If you catch
I doubt you or your neighbor will ever look at each other the same and you are probably winning the best neighbor in Australia competition right now
as far as the Muslims are concerned.
I just tell people I believe in a higher source in the universe but I am not sure what it is, and not anxious to find out and am just about having fun
and being nice to other people. It works just about always.
I try to get people to judge me for who and what I am and not what I am not, and it works pretty good.
I bet the next time you fall out of a cab there might be someone there to pick you up. Wouldn't that be something.
Thanks for doing what you did and sharing.
Have a Fosters on me!