Student: I know how you feel about the matter, but I’m thinking about going to a secular college next year.
Gibbs: How come?
Student: I don’t want to live in a bubble. If I don’t go to a secular college, I’m worried I’ll go through my whole life without ever knowing anything about other people’s views.
Gibbs: Huh. You think college is your last chance to encounter “other people’s views”?
Student: Sort of.
Gibbs: What a strange life you must have planned for yourself after college. Be that as it may, I guess I should ask what you mean by “other people’s views”?
Student: I mean, I don’t know anything about Islam. I don’t know anything about Buddhism or Hinduism.
Gibbs: How much do you know about Islam already?
Student: Nothing. Isn’t that crazy?
Gibbs: You’ve never read a Wikipedia article on Islam?
Student: I might have, but I don’t remember it.
Gibbs: How about Buddhism? Hinduism? Atheism? How deeply have you looked into these things already?
Student: Again, I know nothing, that’s why I want to go to a secular college.
Gibbs: If you actually wanted to know about other views, you would have already begun doing a little digging.”
-from my latest for CiRCE