An exchange concerning Western students of Islam, and their refusal
to benefit from their seniors and forebears:

>>The problem comes up when people come here, strike out on their
>>own, and don't want to listen to advice from the long term
>So basically it's a case of ... well, our American sickness, which
>is that we believe that we can come along after someone and do a
>better job than they did.

Of course: In our sleep, blindfolded, with our hands tied behind our
back, and the titles of the books written in invisible ink on a rice
paper kept under the pillow. Oh yeah.

"We don't like anything we don't understand, and we don't care that
we don't understand nothing."

Here, have a sip of camomile.