Last Word: Spontaneous Tolerance

Where Familiarity Breeds Respect

On a late December afternoon in central Kathmandu, children fresh from the confinement of classrooms play in a courtyard, called a chowk in Nepalese. The girls have strung rubber bands together to play an elaborate version of cat’s cradle. The surrounding buildings resonate with the sound of their giggling. The boys furiously kick a soccer ball between improvised goal markers, one of which...

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About the Author

Christopher Thornton teaches at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.