Episode 107: Appreciating Strangers

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
— William Butler Yeats
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
— Tennessee Williams
My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.
— Barack Obama

In an ever-growing and interconnected world, a glimpse outside of our social groups and inner worlds can remind each of us of the vast oceans of strangers in our world. Some consider this idea with understandable fear, but this week Olivia Sanabria joins us to help explore this conception of "the stranger". In what ways is it a mental framework with which to maintain a clear and digestible worldview? Is there are respectful and acceptable manner in which to approach those we would like to know but do not yet? What can our beliefs about those who are strangers indicate about our own perspectives and opinions? To our listeners: How do you define strangers? What is your protocol when interacting with strangers and do you tend to avoid such interactions?