Several years ago while living in France I asked my Parisian friends to name the first thing that came to mind when thinking about the United States. The words most of them used were ‘big military power’. I find that to be sad- there are so many wonderful, amazing people living in this country. Though, I would probably think the same if I was in their shoes. I know because I’ve been led to believe certain things about other cultures due to the narrow focus of the media, and I’m thrilled to look beyond these boundaries.
I celebrated my birthday last week and Mohsen Sadeghi from Tehran, Iran was kind enough to wish me a happy birthday. What a gift! Without Socl, this interaction would likely not have happened due to the tumultuous history our two countries have shared.