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Respect and Responsibility

I’ve rewritten this post a few times now… hard to decide where to start, so I’m going to try this one more time.

Every one is different. We each look different, think different, like different things. This is okay. What I find disturbing is that every day I find people disrespecting one another based on our differences, whether that is skin color, religion, political stance, or something as menial as favorite foods.

Here’s the thing… we’ve lost the desire to be respectful in this society. The desire to build each other up. The desire to improve our communities as one. We divide ourselves with labels. Name calling is something I corrected my children on when they were ten… yet, today, I’m finding adults are worse. Not one day in the last seven (just one week) was I able to enjoy social media, the news, or even some music without adults belittling one another for their differences.

We as adults are showing our children that respect is not important. We as adults our showing our kids that making fun of others for their differences is okay. We as adults are showing our kids, our future, that belittling someone is normal.

THIS IS NOT OKAY.

We as adults should be showing our children that respecting and understanding the differences of our fellow man is how we grow, how we learn, and how we become better. We as adults should be showing our children to stand up for those who are different and that being different is okay.

THIS IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

I am a liberal, I am prochoice, I am a supporter of the LGBT community, I am a supporter of those with different religious views. I have done my best to teach my children that those who are different than me or them are just that different, respect them.

Just because someone is different doesn’t mean they are bad, dumb, or below anyone else. I truly believe that if you can’t have a conversation or share a thought without calling names, tearing down, or belittling someone then maybe you shouldn’t be having conversations. You should open your mind to the world and see that our differences actually strengthen us… it’d be pretty damn boring if we were all the same, don’t ya think?