Sunday, October 04, 2015

SPLASH Sun-Times: Should you remove your shoes indoors?

SPLASH Sun-Times: Should you remove your shoes indoors?

Are you a household where shoes are always removed before entering the home? Or do you prefer to wear shoes inside your house? Have you ever been taken aback when a friend insists you remove your shoes before entering their home (especially when you’ve just spent a lot of money and even more time picking out just the right pair)? In the U.S., asking your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home can cause reactions as opinionated as if you’d just asked them to outline the peace process in the Middle East. Why? In America we often applaud people for maintaining traditions of their culture, yet we’re quick to criticize another family’s habits (especially when it infringes upon our own). We are often a society of over-thinkers and over-analyzers, and sometimes rely too heavily upon the pseudo facts that fill our Facebook feeds. Although whether or not shoes should be removed before entering the home is rife with controversy (if you don’t believe me just search for “remove shoes indoors” and read the polarized opinions), I prefer a more calm approach. So let’s look at a few facts and figures so you can make your own informed decision about this topic.

2 comments:

Sandro said...

Hello, just wanted to share a link as a good example of respectful cultural behaviour by a CNN correspondent.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/06/middleeast/pregnant-yazidis-forced-abortions-isis/

Matthew Celestis said...

Good stuff. Thanks for sharing