It can act as a guide or blinkers. A guide provides a framework and a handrail to grab in uncertain times. Blinkers narrow your focus so there is no room for contrasting views. It's far easier (and safer) to see your view as the best one. We each like to think that we're right.
The cultural practices of others don't make sense when viewed through our own eyes. They seem peculiar, an oddity to be marvelled at or condemned. And then we return to our own safe blinkered world, secure in the knowledge that we are okay.
What if, instead, you viewed your culture's teachings as a springboard for starting conversations and growing understanding? It doesn't mean you have to like what you see, to agree with it, or even to change - unless you find new ways that you prefer! But it does enable you to make room for other people's beliefs.
So go ahead. Ask. Can you do that without judging?
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