A true story about cultural competence related by my friend Ed, who spent some time on a low budget trek through northern Africa after graduating from college in the 1970's.
While in Algeria, he met a young man who asked, "What is your name?"
Ed replied, "I am Ed."
"Really?" said the young man, "Ahmed is my name, too!"
"No," said Ed, "I AM Ed!"
"Yes, Ahmed!" replied the other.