Good Morning friends! Yesterday in my post I asked for suggestions for opening sentences to do a story around. This one was contributed by my friend from the PonderTheirrelevant blog. She said, “In a perfect world…..would not exist because.” Thanks for the suggestion!
In a perfect world disrespect would not exist, because disrespect is what causes an avalanche of problems!
If we respected each other, would we physically harm each other? If the parent respected the child would they abuse them, and if the spouse respected their spouse would they abuse them? NO! How can you respect someone and treat them so badly? If we respected each other would hate crimes exist? NO, for respecting that person means you see them as having value, even if you don’t agree with them. That you believe they don’t have to be like you! Respecting each other is doing away with stereotypes, like a friend blogged about recently.
In a perfect world you wouldn’t be turning on your news at night to hear of another school shooting, sexual assault, robbery and murder. Those things would be in the past, for disrespect would no longer exist. Our eyes would no longer be blinded by our self righteous attitudes of who we think deserves respect and who we think doesn’t.
Respect isn’t something you pick and choose. You respect the janitor at the school as much as the Principal! You respect your elders and the ones younger than you. Respect and simple courtesy to others is really not hard, but in this crazy world we seem to have forgotten it.
People are in a hurry to move up the ladder of success, not caring who they step on. People are upset at what life has thrown at them, and they decide to take their anger out on innocent people. Majority of the school shootings that have happened had nothing to do with who the victims were. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time when someone decided that they had enough; gonna take care of all their suppressed anger by shooting a gun, destroying innocent lives.
It is scary how we can become almost numb to the horrible things we hear on the news. This was felt last night, as my husband informed me once again of another school shooting. I remember the great shock I felt when hearing about the very first school shooting at Columbine in Colorado. It seemed unreal that someone would perform such an evil act. A act that took so many lives from a place that was supposed to be safe!
But now, since that time the shock is no longer there. It did spring up again when in Arkansas the shooting happened in a Kindergarten class, for Gosh those kids were just starting out their lives!
Horribly tragic is the only word to describe these shootings that are now happening so often, that the shock is no longer there. It’s really bad when even other countries know how bad the US school shootings are! Not something we especially wanted to be known for, but the fact can’t be disputed. You feel the sorrow and pain for the victim’s family and friends but no longer are you stunned by it! And that is so wrong!
I really didn’t plan on talking about school shootings, but it fits. For if the shooter never had felt disrespected in life, would that anger rage in him? And if he had respect for others, would he have been able to point the gun and pull the trigger while looking into that person’s eyes? Or would he have seen that person as someone’s else’s daughter, son, brother, sister?
AHH, yes if only we could have the perfect world by clicking our heels together 3x like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. We can’t, but we can do our part! We can show respect to that one who is different than us. To the one we may not agree with. No one is saying that everyone has to be your close friend. No, just the courtesy of mutual respect can go a long way! Remember that as you go about your day! You may not be able to change the world, but you can change someone’s life. You never know who really may need to see that smile from you and hear your kind tone. It might be the only smile they get all day!