Friday, June 5, 2009

Obama's Cairo speech

posted by Tim

On my way to work on Thursday I heard a few snippets of this speech. Knowing that it was focused on a variety of cross-cultural dynamics I was intrigued to hear it in its entirety.

If you are fully aware of all the issues discussed--Islam/America, Israel/Palestine, nuclear weapons, free governments, religious freedom, women's rights--you will be amazed what was covered in less than 1 hour. If some of these global issues are new to you, listen with an open mind and a desire to learn about some of the larger challenges in our world.

Obama tackled many hot topics. It is very likely almost no one will agree 100%, but we must be thankful when leaders are willing to address difficult areas with sensitivity and respect.

While many prefer to see things from only their own perspective, it is important to be challenged to view from all sides while not denying our beliefs. To respectfully be a student of the world while maintaining a solid foundation.

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