Few days ago my Wife was Told to take off her cap in school.
I have a wife who chose to wear a cap to cover her hair, i mean a designer cap, not hijab nor anything mega, maybe out of her own sense of fashion or religious obligation or social identity, just as i am always on caps myself, and to her greatest surprise, she was outrightly told that she MUST take off her cap in school, not tomorrow but "take it off. now." She called me crying, for she felt as if her fundamental human right is being trampled upon, and felt so bad mostly because she has not enough tools to resist that societal pressure, in a society that i consider to be deeply fascist and not so friendly to all that is different.
I personally refuse commentaries on the "other" from a people or an authority who proclaims not only the death of God and man, but also the death of Morality, at the risk of bringing about any reference point and any object other than the SELF, reducing individuals to flows of drives and networks of DESIRES, fashion freaks and machines made of mouths, buy and consume and buy again. In the french society the question of otherness surpass the notion of "To be" and "not To be", its in fact "To be nothing" Its a shameful society we live. That's my stance.
You must know that My wife don't wear a cap to school everyday, in fact she has a very beautifully made dread-lock, so its not that she can't leave her hair open if she wants, but we grew up in a country where what you wear is never a national subject and as third world as we are, with our distorted notion of liberty, she never felt so humiliated. But here, a so called first world, an enlightened civilisation. Where we pursue happiness and it leads to resentment, and it leads to unahppiness and it leads infact to an explosion of mental illness. we pursued freedom, but we now live in a more monitored and controlled world, and our daily lives are more subjected to a network of small complicated rules that covers the surface of life, and strangles freedom.
Lets keep quiet and silently having fun, its something that can only happen to "others", not us. Sure there is fire on the mountain and no one is running now, but one day the river will overflow, and there will be no where for us to go, and we will run, run, wishing we had put out that Fire of Hatred. Until it becomes an Holocaust, then we start building museums and memorials and blame games.