The Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield speaks of an ancient custom among nomadic peoples, among Bedouins and gypsies, a ritual that is an inoculation against staying a stranger. Since these peoples moved about often and quickly, they needed a quick, direct, and honest way to be in relationship with those they met along the way. So the custom of getting to know another always began with three simple questions: Who are you? Where are you from? Where are you in your journey?

Mark Nepo, Facing the Lion, Being the Lion