Saturday, February 25, 2006

"The Freshman"

The New York Times Magazine has an article about a 27 year old Afghanistani Yale freshmen whose first trip to Yale was in 2000 as a Taliban spokesman. This bit jumped out.

Many distinctions could be drawn between his old life and his life at Yale. But he had seized on one.

"You have to be reasonable to live in America," he said. "Everything here is based on reason. Even the essays you write for class. Back home you have to talk about religion and culture, and you can win any argument if you bring up the Islamic argument. You can't reason against religion. But you cannot change Afghanistan overnight. You can't bring the Enlightenment overnight."

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