Can people of different faiths co-exist?

Dalia Mogahed: This might sound funny, but I don’t think co-existence is the right goal. I think it’s too small a goal. And I think part of the problem is that our goals are sometimes too small.

Now with people of different faiths clashing, sometimes it seems like a very ambitious goal just to co-exist. But I believe if we can make our goal instead active cooperation between diverse groups of people where there is actually a benefit in cooperating for everyone involved, there is an incentive for . that people feel that they are being enriched by interacting, and learning from others who are different from them. Only then will we actually have peace.

When our goal is the absence of the negative, any small misunderstanding will turn into a crisis.

Case in point is like the cartoon controversy. That might look like a very small incident from the outside, but it exploded into a global crisis. And I believe it’s because there isn’t enough; not co-existence; but there isn’t enough active cooperation between groups.

And when we have that interdependence of actually benefiting by cooperating, not just co-existing, it becomes much more likely that we’ll forgive these small things when they happen, but that they won’t happen to begin with--because we will have an incentive to better understand each other.

But I believe we live--the cliché is “the global village”; but it’s really true. And in the global village, there really is no other choice. It’s either clash or active co-existence or active cooperation. And if we don’t go for that positive, active engagement with one another, I think clash is just the inevitable outcome.

 

Recorded on: July 3, 2007. 

 

 

 

Co-existence is not enough.

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

Big Think Edge
  • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
  • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
  • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Keep reading Show less

The culprit of increased depression among teens? Smartphones, new research suggests.

A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.

A teenager eyes her smartphone as people enjoy a warm day on the day of silence, one day prior to the presidential elections, when candidates and political parties are not allowed to voice their political meaning on April 14, 2018 in Kotor, Montenegro. Citizens from Montenegro, the youngest NATO member, will vote for a new president on Sunday 15 2018. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
Surprising Science
  • In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
  • The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
  • Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
Keep reading Show less
Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash
Mind & Brain

Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world.

Keep reading Show less