This blog is still finding its way, so to speak, like The River 😉 so it may feel as if we are meandering. That will have to be all right.
One topic I want to bring up before we go too far is my assertion (in the About section) that our lives (also our communal lives) could be richer and possibly more peaceful if we more often found a way to be open to and curious about other people, their approaches, and their worldviews.
A BBC news report the day before yesterday on efforts to integrate refugees in Hamburg made me think of this again. A German politician was interviewed and said something like, “This is just the beginning. The true integration is going to take time and energy. It’s not going to be easy, but it needs to be done.” Obviously, it’s going to take a lot more than curiosity to integrate refugees and other migrants into German—or more immediately for me—Austrian society, but I would argue that without curiosity about the people themselves, their approaches and worldviews, we will get nowhere. For some people, this curiosity comes naturally. Most of us will need to work at it consciously.
More to come in future posts …