Lessons from the Maldives
When I landed on the island of the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Maldives I literally had to pinch myself. This beautiful island paradise is actually better in person that the pics. What you see online doesn’t do justice to the island nation in the Indian Ocean. Just southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives is comprised of twenty-six coral atoll archipelago islands formed atop the subtmaine mountain range called the Chaos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge. The 350,000 local citizens of the Maldives are devout Muslims and the biggest structure on the main island city of Male that also houses is the airport is a giant mosque. They pray five times a day and local island have no alcohol. While the beach was amazing—an absolute paradise—what was perhaps even more amazing was the international harmony of the staff and all people in the Maldives. Christians, Hindus, Buddhist and Mulsims from many different nations welcome guests from all over the world without any hint of intolerance or exclusion. Perhaps this was a harmony achieved only for the tourist show, but it made a deep impact on me. In a time great division in the U.S., the Maldives left me with a feeling of hope that a world of inclusion and multiculturalism where different faiths, colors and creeds can work and live side by side may yet still be possible. But then again, who wouldn’t be happy when you have this pristine beach and endless aqua waters as your backyard?