Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why are some people nervous?

What is it about devout religious observance that makes some people nervous? We just finished watching a wonderful movie called Arranged about two woman (one orthodox Jewish, the other devout Muslim) who teach at the same school and become friends. Both families are actively searching for suitable husbands for the woman, because for each, their families are very much involved in helping arrange their marriages. The parents of both woman have arranged marriages that are happy, and they see no reason why this cannot happen for their daughters as well.

There are a couple of scenes with the principal of the school where they teach where the principal is completely out of line in trying to push the woman to break out of what she sees as oppressive lifestyles (conservative clothing, little makeup, restricted social life). I wondered, while watching those scenes, if that's how some of the people I know see me, as a devout member of the LDS church. I try my best to dress modestly. I don't wear much makeup (though that is not part of the teachings of my faith; I just don't like it). I don't drink alcohol. Before getting married, I dated but mostly men of my faith who wouldn't ask or push me to do things beyond what I've been taught is appropriate before marriage. I attend church each Sunday unless sick or out of town. I try as best as I can to live what I believe.

So why do some people feel nervous around others who openly live their religious believes?

Just asking...

1 comment:

ESN said...

It's a good and very valid question. But you can see the reality of it in every media venue and even with friends and neighbors. I have no answers, just agree with the observation.


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