August 23, 2021

A Culture of Respect: Why is it Necessary?

 


 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”-- Philippians 2:3 (KJV)

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I’m an average person. I don’t have seven acronyms behind my name. I have one ancient bachelor’s degree in Humanities with an English Emphasis.

I also have a lifetime of experience in being socially awkward and disrespected. That’s why it’s now my mission to spread hope, love, and respect.

We all need healing—in our own ways. I consider myself to be an amateur doctor of the spirit.

Let’s restore our life force. I’m sick of being sidelined, aren’t you? (If you have a perfect life, congratulations. You're reading the wrong blog.😉)

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We all deserve respect

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We can learn something from everyone we meet. We can have experiences, or travel, through their eyes.

Quora.com (a curated website of questions and answers.)

Everyone deserves empathy and consideration, because we’re all human.

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Respect helps us grow and learn. It’s also reciprocal. (Individuals get courtesy and trust in return.) If we’re loyal, humble, and respectful, we’re more likely to get lifted up.

Think Outside the Box

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People put themselves in groups, or boxes. They may feel they don’t have to respect anyone outside of those groupings.

“Rather than focus on how we are all human beings, we get specific in how we identify ourselves.”

“We all deserve to be respected, despite our differences.”

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Humans can’t treat each other as objects.  That’s dehumanizing. “Individuals are not some-thing, but some-one.Nobody should care only for people who are “useful” to them.

Thought question: Do we want our children to love us only because we’re helpful to them? Hmmm?

Children expect to be loved by their parents. That’s their birthright. Most children don’t anticipate being kicked out of the house if they’re flawed.

Rethinking Attitude

All of us make plenty of mistakes. No one is exempt. Individuals easily get frustrated and offended. This can lead to resentment. The bitterness deepens. Some may lash out at the nearest target.

The bully should turn that around. Would he or she want to be showered with contempt?  

God’s respect for us

How much higher is God’s attitude toward us: his children? We’re all created in His image.

 For God, it’s not about performance. It’s not about earthly success.  “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first…”  (Matthew 20:16)

My Conclusion

 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”-- Romans 12:10 (KJV)

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 “If one by one we counted people out

For the least sin, it would take us long

To get so we had no one left to live with,

For to be social is to be forgiving.”—Robert Frost

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“We must shift our allegiances

from fear to curiousity, from

attachment to letting go,

from control to trust, and

from entitlement to humility.”—Angeles Arrien

 

On a lighter note, please enjoy this hilarious video. It’s from this season’s America’s Got Talent. Kabir Singh is of Indian heritage. The comedian highlights cultural misunderstandings and differences:



Are you fearful, or curious; forgiving, or judgmental; humble, or entitled?

 

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