We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For Thanksgiving this year we invited a family of Syrian refugees to join us. We went out of our way to only prepare and serve Halal food because we wanted to be welcoming. When the family arrived, the men refused to shake my hand because I am a woman and therefore irredeemably filthy. They then sat down and ate the meal I had helped prepare.
Could someone please explain to me how I can be grateful about this? I'm trying.
I would say that you can be grateful that you were able to host them, and grateful that you and your family were kind enough to do so.
Beyond that, I would say you can be grateful that you learned a valuable lesson that reinforces the point made near the end of the video about social policy. Clearly these Syrian refugees have come to feel entitled rather than grateful for what they have. That ought to tell us that the refugee policies in place are certainly not working very well because in this case, they've only served to promote a sense of entitlement and, in turn, ingratitude. While that situation is alarming, it is good to know that it is the case rather than to continue under the misguided belief that policies which "mean well" are actually good for society.
I am truly sorry you felt this way. And I must say I appreciate the way you respected the culture and beliefs of the syrian refugees and prepared Halaal food for them. But, let me tell you as most of the people around the world are unaware that in Islamic culture, it is prohibited to shake hands or touch the opposite sex unless she is your mother, sister or wife. I am a muslim woman in UAE and do interact with men from diverse cultures. But, I make it a point to politely refuse to shake hands with them. Believe me it is uncomfortable for me and in no way do I do it out of disrespect. And here most men do understand this. They will shake hands with my non muslim friend and just give me a friendly smile. I know, it is difficult to understand our culture, just as it is hard for most of us to understand yours. And truly, I see you as a person with a big heart. And in a world full of hate, your gesture to extend your love and support to those who have gone through tough times is what makes this world special. I truly am grateful to you and your effort in restoring my faith in humanity.