I have to admit that when I wrote Lipstick In My Hair I was just letting off steam. I didn't put a lot of very deep thought about the Condition of Man or the Meaning of Life into it.
But then I read the comments(Thanks guys). And a couple of commentators had more to add on their blogs:
1) Nora asks To Judge or Not to Judge. Like Hamlet, I find myself adding:"That is the question."
We're all judgemental. Even as we demand that others don't judge us, we judge them. We can all dish it out but we can't take it.
But is that the problem?Or does the problem start when you force your judgement or opinion of others on them & start expecting them to conform?
2) halalhippie wanted me to try to see a woman in hijab from Behind Blue Eyes.
Well I tried. And I kind of see where he's coming from. Human beings are subjective creatures because of our social conditioning. We're all so similar but so different because yes we're all human but the social conditioning varies so much from time to time & from place to place.
I am reminded of two verses from the Quran:
"And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors; verily in that are Signs for those who know."[30:22]
"O mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him..."[49:13]
Basically it's a fact. We're different & we'll always be. But we still have to share one planet. Furthermore, the world is becoming smaller & smaller. We have the internet, we have satellite TV. So now you see people in obscure(to you) parts of the world & you feel shocked that in their corner of the world they've developed a different culture than yours or different values, that they don't dress like you or eat like you etc....You feel shocked because you thought your way was the way, that you knew it all. It was all very clear to you. And now you're being introduced to the concept that something totally different maybe very clear to someone else.
And it goes further than that. You don't just get to see these aliens from other planets. It's not just information that has become more mobile. Everything is on the move. Labor is on the move. And capital is on the move. We're all becoming more & more interdependent. So not only do you get to see these Others. Sometimes you have to live with them. You have to walk in the same street. You have to live next door.
And it's still that one planet.
So what do we do?