Thursday, April 27, 2006

religion need not be so personal...

"I would never ask you such questions! What a man believes is his own business, and no one should have to answer such things in front of everybody."

Thus my good friend Mustafa came to my defense following a barrage of questions by a collegue in our family practice clinic. And I appreciated his sympathy and his concern. But, to tell the truth, I didn't feel the same way about the exchange. In fact, my other friend's questions (lets call him... Tom) left me wanting more. I hoped that he would ask me what basis I had for doing the things I do. I hoped that he would try to explain to me why it wasn't correct. I hoped he would give me a chance to state my case, proding me on with objections from his own personal point of view.

But alas, these types of discussion are few and far between these days. In fact, I don't remember the last time I've been involved in a good one. People seem more and more to shy away from these things. Perhaps its the polarization of our society; perhaps events in the middle east have made us more leary of strange new ideas; perhaps we've been so barraged by conflicting perspectives that we've given up on sorting them out; or perhaps we've always been this way.

Still, a person can hope. I still stick by my position that if someone can show me convincingly that what they believe is true and what I believe is false, I'll gladly accept their position. Now if I can only find a willing partner...

Monday, April 24, 2006

a year in the bayou

Life can change so fast. A little over a year ago, I had just returned to the country, and was making arrangements for a wedding with a bride still outside the country, while trying to get a little studying in on the side. Today, we have a beautiful 4 month old girl, an apartment full of furniture that we have to move, and a completely different perspective on life.
There are days when it can be so frustrating, but they pale in comparison to the weeks and months and soon to be years of looking at an sharing with my 2 beautiful girls. My life is at once more complicated and at the same time more fulfilling than it ever was before.
And look at them! How could it not be? :) Posted by Picasa