Sunday, October 14, 2007

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!


"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." Martin Luther King Jr

One of the big things we do at work is to try and instill the notion of respect into our young people.

This is predicated on the belief that whilst you will not like everyone in this world, you can still treat them with courtesy and dignity, you can treat other's property as you do your own and that kindness, especially when not 'deserved' does not make you weak but demonstrates you own integrity. And whilst you cannot change the behavior of others, you can chose how you respond.

It is a very basic but powerful message.

Imagine if our politicians, business and community leaders all implemented this simple philosophy. Imagine if all homes used this as an underlying understanding for relationships between parents, and between parents and their children. Imagine if the 'terrorists' and the opposing armies started adopting the principal. Imagine what our world could be ....

1 comment:

Gale said...

You cant respect someone if your trying to kill them...Some people have lost the concept of respecting life itself, or respecting difference. Untill those who make decisions that effect the quality of life adopt this simple adage that you write of then respect itself is lost... just another archaic notion..