Respect defined, “a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
: a particular way of thinking about or looking at something.”
In this day and time, it seems that I witness a slow and painful death of “respect” on a daily basis. Children do not respect parents. Parents do not respect their children. Citizens do not respect law enforcement. Law Enforcement Officials do not respect citizens. Elected officials ignore the wishes of those who place them in office. The common man is just a means to an end. The most painful signs of disrespect are the views and negative expressions toward the presidency.
We are taught at an early age to show respect to our elders and those in authority (whether we agree with them or not). The Police Officer is our friend. The Doctor cares about our health and wants to make us well. The Soldier will protect us from the bad guys over seas. The position of President should be respected regardless of who is in office. We must do better.
We are here for only a short while and then . . . nothing. Let us make the most of the time we have on this amazing planet surrounded by some incredibly creative and insightful creatures. Let us learn from each other the positive things that will help us grow. Let us teach our children the CLEAR differences between right and wrong. The line is so blurred now. The villain is celebrated and the hero, unless they function in the land of gray, is tolerated or ignored. Let is teach our children to respect themselves by knowing where they come from, then show them WHERE THEY CAN/SHOULD GO to ensure a better future for themselves and a better world for all of us. Let us teach EACH OTHER that it does not hurt anyone to show respect by addressing law enforcement as “officer”, clergy as “Reverend”, females and males as “you lady or young man/Miss or Mister/Mam or Sir. Let us set a proper example when talking about the presidency by referring to the President as “the President” or “Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. whatever their last name is. Just for the record, it is not true that you must give respect to get respect. Whether respect is reciprocated to you or not, you should still show respect for and to others.
We have become such a numb society. Profanity is used at the drop of a dime by young and old, music celebrates the degradation of women by continuing to allow women to be addressed by unspeakable names, senior citizens are contentiously thrown away in nursing homes that do not care, children are growing up too fast by being exposed to things that their minds and bodies cannot and should not handle or experience – let alone, see. WE CAN AND MUST CHANGE THIS. THERE IS HOPE!!!!
Call it simple minded if you wish but when I am feeling overwhelmed by the level of disrespect that is shown in society through music, social media, television, movies, magazines, etc. . . I search out a song that will help me bounce back re-energized to shine even brighter where I am. There is a song by Chris Rice entitled “Go Light Your World” that touched me and I hope that it encourages you.
On this Funkadelic Friday, shine that light of respect in the dark places of this world which has forgotten what respect means. GO SHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!