“People have different reasons for the way they live their lives. You cannot put everyone’s reasons in the same box.” – Kevin Spacey
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone had the same likes and dislikes? I would think the world would be a very boring place. Everyone would be driving the same kind of car, eat the same kind of food and wearing the same clothes. Being different and unique can be a good thing though and sometimes a bad thing.
Behind every person is a reason as to why they like the things they do or the life style they choose to live. Something, somewhere, one day (or week, month, year) happened that influenced a person to take that first step onto the path of life they wanted to live. Now you and I may not agree with the path they choose but Newsflash cupcake! It doesn’t matter because that individual has their rights too.
If we don’t respect the beliefs and ways of others how can we expect them to respect ours? I see a lot of that in today’s world. Why can’t we learn to agree to disagree? There’s no good guy, there’s no bad guy, there is just two people who believe differently for different reasons. No one is right and no one is wrong. Let’s quit arguing and fighting. Debate is good as long as it is in good form. It can even be healthy.
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” U Thant
One of the biggest problems that I see is when someone tells me I have to respect their way of thinking then shows no respect to my beliefs. For instance you don’t like dogs, I respect that and I won’t bring my dog to your house and I won’t force you to like my dog. So don’t come to my house and tell me I am going to have to get rid of my dogs and accept your way of thinking because you don’t like dogs.
Respect, like common sense used to be common. Now days neither one are. I don’t know when or how it happened but it did. Respect is an integral part of every day life whether we want to admit or not. I hope one day respect and common sense make a come back.
“When was it that men agreed to respect the appearance and not the reality?” – Henry David Thoreau
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