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People Are Forgetting What Respect Is

Caeley O'Connor

Posted on August 29, 2021 04:48

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Unfortunately, more and more people nowadays are getting offended by others who have a different opinion than their own. It seems as though we are forgetting what respect is.

If everyone in the world had the same opinions and same ideas, the world would be a boring place. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more people nowadays forget this is true and get offended any time they meet someone with an opinion that differs from their own.

Of course, I understand those who get upset with others who have opinions that they act on in extreme ways. However, these are not the people I’m talking about.

An example of what I’m talking about is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s world. More people are getting highly offended by those who have different political views than them.

I’ve seen many cases in which a Democrat and Republican will refuse to hear anything that the other has to say regarding their views. Meanwhile, some of my closest friends have differing political views from my own, and we are able to get along as people should. The biggest reason as to why we are able to do so is simple. It all involves respect.

Many people in today’s world expect everyone to agree with their opinions. This unrealistic expectation is destined to create unnecessary conflict. Fortunately, this conflict can be avoided.

My only hope that I tell anyone I am exchanging opinions with is quite simple. They don’t have to agree with my opinions. I only ask that they respect my freedom to have my own opinions just as I will respect their freedom to do the same.

It’s a simple concept, and yet it feels as though more and more people are forgetting what respect is. A Republican will argue endlessly with a Democrat and vice versa. A Catholic will refuse to hear out what a Muslim has to say and vice versa.

It is truly saddening to see the divide between so many people that could easily get along if they simply respected others’ opinions. When it comes to extremists, I do not expect there to be much, if any, respect. However, when I see someone harassing another in any kind of way simply because they have a different opinion, that is when I shake my head in disappointment.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and deserves respect because when it all comes down to it, we’re all human. There’s only one Earth, and we all have to share it.

Life is too short to spend your energy on being offended by others because they don’t have the same opinion as you.

Caeley O'Connor

Posted on August 29, 2021 04:48

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