The Lady and The Burqa
So why did she dress this way? I suspect that at some point in her life, someone taught her that this was pleasing to God.
I wanted to reach out to her and tell her that she didn't have to dress this way. Whoever told her that dressing in this "fashion" was pleasing to God was just promoting one more untestable theory about religion.
But I remained silent. Social convention told me it would be rude to speak to her and that I needed to be tolerant of other people's beliefs.
I wish I had spoken to her though. I wish I had told her that many woman love God, yet dress in a much more comfortable way. I wish I had encouraged her to think for herself and decide if she really believed God wanted her to dress this way, or if she was just doing this because somebody had told her she should.
As thinkers and decision-makers, it seems that we should carefully examine all of our beliefs, especially those that are almost inordinately inconvenient to comply with those who cause great suffering. More on this in the next blog post.