posted on Oct, 31 2008 @ 11:16 PM
However, I believe that RESPECT is what should drive our every day interactions. Wikipedia defines Respect as: esteem for or a sense of the worth or
excellence of a person. Respect does not mean agreement with someone else’s opinions or beliefs but rather tolerance of those beliefs and person.
Mexican president Benito Juarez Garcia in his speech on July 15, 1867 proclaimed "Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al
derecho ajeno es la paz" , “Between individuals, as between nations, the respect for someone’s rights equals peace”.
“Men are respectable only as they respect” Ralph Waldo Emerson
”The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a
father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” Benjamin Franklin
If we allow this belief to permeate every molecule within ourselves, to become the one rule that is unbreakable, we will see not only the wrongs of
our past actions but the true potential of humanity.
No, this is will not be an easy journey that I propose, but a necessary one. One in which if we fail, humanity will continue to be consumed with
wars, genocide, political tensions, racial and class frictions. But as my dear brother always says before he starts a marathon, “you always begin
with the first stroke” and it gives me hope for humanity.
I was at my son’s school today waiting to pick him up and I saw a magical sight, the unadulterated smiles of dozens of children and the untainted
minds and actions of our children, the pure desire to belong and be part of something larger with no inherited bias or stereotypes. So, I asked my
self, where did we go wrong? At what point did we loose our ability to reason and use common sense? How did our neighbor become our enemy? No,
this is not the world I wish to leave for my children or even my enemy’s children!!
Thus, I call on you not as a constituent of a political group, not as a member of a religious organization, and not as person of a particular color,
but as a citizen of the human race to stretch your hand in friendship across the table and with civility and utmost respect embrace your
brother’s/sister’s hand in harmony.
RESPECT and UNITY is that which will allow us to transcend today’s difficulties not only here in the USA but around the world.
Respect and peace be with you all my brothers and sisters.
Mods, please move thread if necessary.
[edit on 1-11-2008 by brownflyer]