“One aspect of compasion is to respect others’ rights and to respect others’ views. That is the basis of reconciliation. The human spirit of reconciliation based on compassion is working deep down, whether the person really knows it or not.
Our basic human nature is gentleness; therefore, no matter how much we go through violence and other bad things, ultimately the proper solution is to return to human feeling and affection. So affection or compassion is not only a religious matter, but in our day-to-day life it is quite indispensable.
Respect, much of what I came to believe during my youth had to be unlearned for me to understand the Wisdom I have found to be essential in embracing different religions and cultures. I was raised on television bravado, such as John Wayne, where respect had to be earned or you didn’t get it. This is a TERRIBLE foreign relations policy, since there is usually distrust and often animosity between differing cultures and beliefs. We all value things differently, we all place different importance on family dynamics, politics, Life (both natural and spiritual)…in effect for each and every one of these we all wear different sets of glasses and so when we look at the scenes before us, though we may be looking at the very same thing, we each perceive something far different from each other.
There are two facets to respect that I would wish people to embrace whenever they are interrealating with another human being. 1.) The right to their own views. 2.)Position
The first is often acknowledged at some level, but not really embraced. Being from the Christian tradition I’ll use that as my example: I often see and hear Christians give a nod towards religious freedom, but then will blatantly offend anyone and everyone by our actions insisting that Only Christians will ever know anything about God because that is what some scripture seem to convey, and our right to religious freedom allows us to act like a total asses and imply that they are going STRAIGHT TO HELL!! It’s fear mongering, used control others to get them to behave the way we believe is RIGHT! Then when confronted with our behavior we will proceed to pull our own Bible to prove to the non-Christians what Christianity teaches so we are OBVIOUSLY right, as if non-Christians give a damn about such proofs as this. Then we are flabbergasted by the rude behavior they given in return and announce to our brethren how the actions of the offended is evidence of their lack of relationship with God. Before I go any further, as I’ve pointed out on posts and pages, this behavior is common to fundamentalists in every religion, not just Christianity…I just point the finger at my own group because their the only ones I can influence, I’m not a member of the others, but I respect them.
The ability to live neighborly is essential to good relations. This is respect, it isn’t earned, but we can earn it by first showing it. More often than not, people will be respectful in return, and the one group I would point out that should do so regardless to return is my own: “whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39). Notice how I did that, I wrote this post for all to read, I used my own group as an example of what not to do, and then I quoted verses for why ONLY my group should behave this way, not why others should. I don’t use the Bible to teach non-christians (but that is for another post!)
The second facet to RESPECT is positional. We are all humans! We all breathe the same air, have the same blood, require the same nourishment, are born with same flesh, and face the same fate as we grow older (physical death), so how is it we will give positional respect to an actor, a sport star, a politician, a clergy member, or any other number of things, but we won’t treat the position of human with the same dignity? There are always people we can point to who won’t do this, what I’m looking for is people who will, because I dare to believe and dream in a world where RESPECT is not only a RIGHT, but a REALITY!