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One of my favorite aspects of your show is the quiet conversations. When conversations become quieter, i.e. when we lower the emotional "voltage," it's easier to think clearly. Thank you for helping us to think clearly.

And thank you for your interview with Sari Nusseibeh. It got me thinking about recurrent patterns in history and the news, and a question occurred to me: Do religions start out as cooperative (speaking in terms of "us") but if politics gets mixed in they become competitive ("us" vs. "them")? For example: The Moral Majority, al Quaeda, the Taliban, the Manson Family? What about exceptions, such as the Dalai Lama?