In the past, women, hiding their faces, made many of us uncomfortable. We didn’t understand, didn’t even try. They just didn’t fit in our culture and our ways of thinking that everybody has to be just like us.
Women, asked by men to hide their smiles must beam with joy behind their veil, watching men now being forced by nature, to cover part of their faces as well.
The Western world for centuries was not kind to people who wore face coverings, no matter why they did it. We judged, we feared, we openly showed disrespect for a custom were not familiar with.
Native dancers, celebrating hunting season or war preparation, peace, and harvest while wearing a mask all over the world, were tourist attractions. Their beauty fascinated us, their rituals were a mystery.
Masks, for so many different reasons, often worn with pride and joy, but also with fear and horror, have divided us for centuries.
Perhaps the virus and the pandemic forcing us to wear masks will bring us closer together.
But perhaps nothing ever will!