Islamic Coexistence? (an art work by T Newfields)

Frida: Do you think Islam and the West can peacefully coexist?
Dmiritri: When I was younger, I would have said "yes" resoundingly. Now I'm less certain.
Frida: Why is that?
Dmiritri: Because any ideology which is absolutist – believing only it is correct – cannot peacefully coexist with other ideologies. Absolutist ideologies seek total domination. Radical Islam and fundamentalist Christianity are absolutist in many ways.
Ying: Well, fringe groups in any religion tend to be extreme. I don't think it is fair to pinpoint Islam as a problem . . .
Dmiritri: Perhaps you're right. To me, Islam seems extremely self-righteous, possessive, non-reflective, and dogmatic. Ultimately, it is anti-scientific and reactionary. Perhaps the same could be said of many different faiths. Ideology can be blinding.
Satoru: You know, in some parts of the world people would be killed for saying such things.
Dmiritri: That is sadly true. Free thought is muzzled in many Islamic socieities.
Ying: I think you are too harsh about Islam. Look at the west today. More often than not, wester powers are agressors. Most people living in Islamic countries will find no inspiration from the West. All to often western civilization is decadent and hypocritical.
Frida: Hmm. If peace is ever going to come to our planet, I believe our core identity has to be based on something deeper than race, religion, or ethnicity. We also need more tolerance for diversity.
Satoru: Our current path does not seem sustainable. Some deep change is needed.


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