Before starting with the topic of Political Islam, which is quite controversial, I’d like to create a peaceful space where the readers and contributors can get to know and understand each other better. This space will be called the Smoking Room. Psychologists say communication in the Internet lacks a very important factor: the body language. We can’t see reach other’s posture and facial expression. This, together with the fact that participants of an Internet discussion hardly know each other, creates a tendency to perceive any statements in more negative light. So I think it’s good, before discussing some hot topics, simply to get to know each other.
Who Am I?
I was born in the county which doesn’t exist now, the USSR. I moved to Eastern Europe about 3 years ago. I am over 40 years old, I work as a freelance translator, I am married, I like travelling and reading science fiction and fantasy.
As to my views, I think there are no evil people, but there are people who are not very smart. They all want to be happy, but often do things that bring pain to others and themselves. And following harmful ideas can bring very bad results. However everyone, regardless race, gender, religion or whatever, has the same potential for developing and improving.
Am I biased in some ways? Yes, of course. Show me someone who is not. Anyone’s views are strongly influenced by the person’s background and life experience.
Am I able to change my views? Yes. For example, my worldview has changed quite a lot when I discovered that under the clothes all people are still naked:0).
Who Are You?
If you are reading these words, it means you, unlike 750 million people in the world, can read and write, unlike 60% of the world population, you have a computer and access to the Internet, and you also have free time for spending it here. Besides, if English is not your native language, then you know at least one foreign language.
So it seems we have quite a lot in common. We don’t have to agree with each other, the world would be very boring if everyone had the same ideas, but we can make an effort to understand each other’s point of view.
The Smoking Room Rules
Now I am going to impose some rules. But please, don’t worry: these rules will be applied to only one person – to myself. I promise to count to 10 before replying, to do my best trying to understand the other person, and react to any statement starting rather with “Yes” than with “No”, at least in my thoughts:0). I am going to abstain from arguing, and only ask questions trying to clarify things I don’t know or don’t understand. So whatever heated discussions we might have outside the Smoking Room, everyone is always welcome to come and sit here, have a cigar, a sip of cognac (or a glass of water if you are abstinent for whatever reasons), and relax chatting about whatever comes to your mind.