Monday, November 7, 2011

R-E-S-P-E-C-T (I'll tell you what it means to me)

     Aretha Franklin said it best.      R-E-S-P-E-C-T

      Respect is a really important word to me.  I didn't just have a hormonal day the other day, I really am tired of being run all over.  It comes down to simple respect.

     I believe respect is something you earn, but I also believe that you owe a person respect unless they give you a reason otherwise.  When I meet someone for the first time or even when it comes to a stranger, I really think I should respect them until they give me a reason not to.  It is just human courtesy and I think it makes you a better person to live that way.

     HOWEVER, we are living in a different world.  I had my little hissy fit on here the other day because it seems like people are just rude and selfish a lot of the times.  I still think that.  I think people are not happy for several reasons and they want others to be just as unhappy.  I also think it has to do with a lot of different cultures living together.  It makes total sense to me that a lot of things happen out of miscommunication.  If we don't understand the ways of others then we can take things the wrong way.  That happens a lot.

     A good example is, I don't even know how I got into this conversation a while back, but I was talking with someone who has a relative in Japan.  I have never been out of the country, but there are several places I would absolutely love to visit.  It makes you smarter, more open-minded, and culturally educated to go to other countries.  In this conversation I found out things like blowing your nose in public is considered rude.  Let me just say that that should be a universal rule, ESPECIALLY in a restaurant.  How hard is it to get up and go to the bathroom while everyone else is eating.  And, eating in public is considered bad manners.  If you are on public transportation and decide to get out your take out and eat it, you are considered rude.  I don't know if I would think to educate myself about manners before visiting somewhere.  I would be worried about the travel, correct passport to get back home, money, and the language. 

     I firmly believe I don't have the  right to mistreat someone for no reason.  I don't walk around thinking all my beliefs are completely right and everyone else is wrong.  You can become a lonely person really quick if you think that way.

     What I am trying to get at is there are a lot of differences around us and that is what makes life interesting, but I have a bit of a limit.  I love my reality TV.  I watch a lot of shows just because I am interested in what others believe.  I have talked about Sister Wives before and I still watch it.  I started out watching it because it was oddly fascinating, or should I say curious, to me.  I have to admit, I actually like the people on there.  I don't believe in their situation and how they live, but I do like all of them. 

    All the above being said, I have to put my foot down and I just will not watch the new show All- American Muslim: Welcome to Dearborn.  I may sound like an ignorant fool to some, maybe even a moron, but, to me, the title of the show is an oxymoron.

     When my kids can pray in school, sing "Jesus Loves Me" on the playground, and God is put back into everything our government has taken Him away from, then, just maybe then, should we allow such a show.  Until then, I feel very much disrespected by a country who has taken away my religious rights and given them to others. It has nothing to do with tolerance when you allow one group more religious freedom than the other.  I feel I am being discriminated against.  This "respect" is one-sided and it isn't fair or right.

What does respect mean to you? 

1 comment:

April said...

I have to correct myself. I have been to the Bahamas on my senior trip, but not sure if that really counts! ;)