R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin sang about it. Rodney Dangerfield couldn’t get it. I think we need more of it.
Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect Tattoo
My parents taught me, and I taught my children, to show respect to people regardless of their feelings toward that person.
To me, respecting someone has little to do with agreeing or condoning someone’s words, ideas, beliefs, etc.. It’s allowing them to express those things without condemnation or feeling like they are in the wrong. Challenging someone on what they believe, why they do it or their opinion is OK as long as it’s not a battle of who’s right, who’s wrong. It’s OK to agree to disagree. Difficult for some, but possible. (This probably wouldn’t work in politics!)
Of course, the amount of respect shown toward another is dependent on many personal factors.
This also ties in with the Golden Rule “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
(Fade out with hand holding, singing “Kumbaya.”)