There was alot of things I found interesting in the interview and I feel like I identify with her a great deal in a number of perspectives and to a smaller extent experiences. I wrote a list of notes though and I want to make sure I talk about all of them but I do want to start off by stating my own journey through religious perspectives. I started out as a christian brought up from a christian family, turned atheist, then realized my total ignorance about other religons and evolved to have a perspective accepting of the capacity for a gods existance. My experience in christianity was nothing close to as harsh as her was and I think it's really unfortunate that she had to rebuild herself with human born thought, instinct, creativity and the other things she was denied in her years as a nun. Obviously I haven't traveled to Israel or anything either and had the pleasure of meeting scholars or anything. Getting back to my list of notes though... I'm really curious about finding out more on how Greek and Russian Christianity differ from the one common to the western world. Christianity didn't really work for as I understood it and if there is entirely another half of what Christianity is then I should explore it and accept or deny it with an understanding of its contents. I found it very good to hear those words spoke that people had extremely similiar questions about god, ethics and other matters around the world despite where they came from. I think it goes to show that we are far more of one people than we are of different peoples and different gods. I also enjoyed discovering that people like Abraham, Moses and Adam had places in more than just Christian beliefs. I knew about Jesus having a strong place in some of the other religions but its nice to know that there is actually more of a crowd of overlapping historical figures. I also enjoyed hearing that the mystics of Islam cry that "he is no longer a Christian, Muslim or Jew" or "of a Mosque, Temple or Church" after he has touched the devine because "one can leave these man made distinctions behind." It does not come to me as much as a surprise though because I know that historically muslims were the most tolerant of ancient religious. I found it very interesting that Muhammad waged a non-violent campaign similiar to that of what Gandhi did. I really hope we cover that when we get more into the study of Islam. My two favorite parts of the interview were near the end though when she talked about how she thinks the future depends on our ability to listen and those who do right (tend to the sick, imprisoned, naked) are those who will make it into the kingdom of heaven, not those who absorb the right idealogies. I am a very ethically driven individual and I believe that compassion is at the heart of a good world but that changes nothing for so many people I know. They hold no patience for creating understanding, choosing to only care for the difference in labels and the bitterness it can generate instead.
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