People tend to talk about silly things on their blogs; therefore, I intend on doing the same. Just because the Parker Brothers made the game Monopoly, doesn't mean you can't play it. (And just because you cannot come up with a fitting analogy doesn't mean you don't try.)
At any rate, I believe in thinking outside of the box. While it offends many individuals, I love to question what we think we know as a society. Rather significant to life or not, questioning ideologies or norms within society truly defines a person as a free-thinker, in my opinion. Most people don't search for the reasons behind seemingly solid facts or methods.
Take for example the idea of wearing hats indoors. For most people, this is considered wrong. It's rude. Surely, I can respect the aforementioned notion, and I do take my hat off indoors . . . most of the time. But, why do we do it?
Well, the idea of taking your hat off indoors actually dates back to Medieval times, and perhaps before, although it was never mentioned in written history. See, knights wore visors that shielded their faces from attacks, dirt, debris,and anything else that might be debilitating in some way. The visors were also used to intimidate an enemy solider or knight the same way that certain animals and insects use patterns on their bodies to ward off predators.
Over time, knights started to lift, slide, or remove their visors to show their face, which was a sign of friendliness. The idea caught on and soon applied to hats.
It then developed into doffing one's hat. An old English custom developed, which involved a man tipping his hat as a sign of courteousness. I'm sure you've seen an old English film or two, in which, a man tips his hat to a lady. It was a sign of friendliness and being a gentleman.
Most men wore hats "back in the day" because of their occupations. At the time, many western nations were in the industrial age, which almost required men to wear those famous black hats in order to avoid dirt and ash from the work place. It was considered good hygiene.
We now find ourselves at an age where the hat removal seems arbitrary. We're not knights. Not too many of us work in factories. However, due to its long history, the notion of removing one's hat or cap has cemented itself in our society.
In the end, we're not sure why we think someone is rude for removing his or her hat. That's just the way it is. And, it's good that we know why, because the point isn't the argument; it's the knowledge that comes out of it. (Of course, knowing why we tip and remove our hats may only be useful knowledge on Jeopardy!.)
So, whether you are trying to trend-send a generation, or you're just curious, remember that is always a good practice to do some research or question the way things are. Advancement doesn't happen without change. And change requires someone or a group to question the presents ways of conduct in society. Hats are just a weak example.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.