Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TEMPTRESS

" You deserve to be burned alive for arousing the desires of men and stirring up their temptation to sin! " he spat at her with venom in his words.


*** 

She was recounting her visit to a far-flung land of a thousand exotic Gods and marvellous monuments, of deliciously spicy foods and cobbled streets.

On her first day, she jumped out of bed barely able to contain her excitement to uncover all there was to explore.

She decided to don a three quarter sleeved blouse with a modest neckline and a full length, comfy, loose fitted pair of pants, and sturdy sandals. Her head and wrists were exposed.

" You deserve to be burned alive for arousing the desires of men and stirring up their temptation to sin! "

Standing by the street, a man looked her leeringly up and down, before condescendingly proclaiming his vitriolic judgement upon her then jauntily strolling off.

*** 

Back home as she repeated the incident to us, our first responses were indignant and scorn

" The very nerve of him! "
" Who does he think he is? "
" How could anyone be so lacking in moral code and discernment? "

However as the discussion developed, a different angle came into light

What if, to the people of that land, a woman with any part of her revealed was akin 

to Muslims what it would be to have someone bring a pig into the compound of a mosque?
to Christians what it would be to have someone paint the symbol of the Antichrist on the church walls?
to Jews what it would be to be gifted the flag of the Nazi?

Perhaps, what is considered 'right', 'acceptable', and 'moral' differs from one person to another ; perhaps the world is more nuanced than logical, more cloudy than clear.

Just my thought of the day.

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