We live in a time where the lack of communication is proliferating, which is no secret, as it can be seen in the cultural intolerance so prevalent in our society today.
Qasim Rashid’s nonfiction memoir, Talk to Me, is a refreshing read that stresses how essential communication is in regards of solving conflict, maintaining relationships, and overall personal growth.
Rashid discusses a wide range of issues, from personal matters, like questioning the faith you were brought up on, to dealing with religious discrimination and oppression.
His book starts off lightheartedly in the sense that he’s recalling a childhood memory, yet it covers an important lesson that’s invaluable regardless of age. This pattern carries on throughout most of the book, where Rashid recounts times he was faced with an issue where the lesson isn’t quite discernible at first, but teaches him a lifelong lesson that he can still recall today.
His lack of formality helps the reader connect with him, and allows this to be less academia, and more of a story. The use of guest authors offers a variety of perspectives, but always ends with one common message: Regardless of age, gender, or religion, we ache when experiencing discrimination and intolerance. However, it’s important to open dialogue once presented with discrimination, for that is one of the most effective ways to turn that intolerance into acceptance.
He purposefully makes it clear that communication is valuable, and very much necessary. He writes:
“Meaningful conversations are not about words—they’re about action. They push us out of our comfort zones and traverse new waters and landscapes. They oblige us to learn about those different than us from those different than us. And when these conversations are conducted effectively, the results are revolutionary.”
Rashid maintains a sense of humor without losing the seriousness of each subject, and overall proves how linked we all are.
Talk to Me leaves readers with the motivation to use the teachings daily, actively listen, and “learn about one another from one another.”
After reading this book, I can truthfully say that it serves as a push forward in helping this world become a more tolerant place.