We all need more examples of public civility, so I think I’ll start collecting them. Here’s one in the category of simple civility; an exchange between a shopper and storekeeper in southern Calif.:
I went to a Middle Eastern deli owned by some people from Lebanon, where I buy sumac, a spice common to the Middle East. I saluted them in Arabic, and we continued to chat in Arabic. I noticed an icon on the back counter and realized
they were Christian and laughed that wishing them a happy end to Ramadan probably wasn’t necessary.
They laughed too, not at all offended that I had assumed they were Muslims. On my way out the owner switched from Arabic and wished me a Shanah Tovah – Hebrew for Happy New Year.
This is how the world is more often than not.