This is an invitation to connect with someone from the other side of the east-west divide. As well as a publication of thoughtful writing, Garland is also a platform where those who support cultural dialogue can actively participate.
The East West Meet project has been prompted by recent events. We are about to enter a period of heightened tension between East and West. Populist politicians find they can win support by blaming minorities. Of course, a large number of people believe in the importance of tolerance and accept that there are different paths towards the universal truth. But at the moment, it is hard for tolerance to be heard on the political stage.
East West Meet is a platform for individuals to take responsibility in a one-to-one relationship. This is how it works. You enter details about yourself in a form. You are then matched to someone on the other side of the world who shares similar interests. You will receive an email with your partner’s name and email address. The task is to make a shared vow to tolerate the religious minorities in your own country. You will be given simple instructions on how to develop this.