When Tradition and Prudence Clash

In two separate incidents, attackers allegedly using “turban bombs” recently assassinated two prominent Afghan politicians.  I wonder if this admittedly low number of events will nonetheless (due to the potentially high individual and social cost) cause a shift in cultural practice such that Afghan men will be asked to take off their headgear prior to meetings with powerful men.  Or will tradition/culture outweigh prudence?  And will a substantial number of politicians signal their manliness by not asking guests to do so and thus prevent an otherwise rational spontaneous evolution in cultural practices?   Or would such requests or a shift in culture be irrational responses to low probability events?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s