As a young person one of the first lessons I learned was that all people deserve and should be respected. No matter a person’s color, religion or political affiliation as a fellow human being they deserve to be treated with respect.
This reverence for “respect” was modeled by my parents, neighbors, teachers, and even to a larger degree by American political leaders. This was a powerful and positive influence on my life and on American society.
Somewhere in the last 20 years “respect” has been devalued by our society and some would go so far as to say “respect” is dead in America. That no longer do the historic words penned by our founding fathers in the constitution hold much value. “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
As human beings we all share the common bond of humanity. The bond of human life is sacred and the dignity of each person is the foundation of that bond and the moral code of our society. As such every person has the right to be treated with respect.
Today we find ourselves at a crossroads in our country. It has become fashionable to treat people with disrespect. Disrespect is seen as the pathway to success and is being modeled by television and our political leaders. It’s easy to see why bullying is prevalent in our schools because it is being modeled for our children in Washington by both Republicans and Democrats.
When we treat each other with disrespect we destroy the bond of humanity and sever relationships. This divide makes it difficult if not impossible to work together. But if we treat each other with respect, even when we disagree with one another, we strengthen the bond of humanity and create an environment of respect where people can work together to solve problems. Come on Washington it’s not that difficult to do.
Don’t let “Respect” die in America demand that all people be treated with respect. Demand that our leaders be respectful not bullies who take their bat and ball home if they don’t get their way. We have the power to decide who is elected and we need to choose wisely.