Respect seems to be one of those things that doesn’t cost anything and takes very little effort to use. By definition, respect means, “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements.” It seems that respect has become as popular as broccoli.
Being respectful doesn’t have to be complicated. It is all about treating people like you would like to be treated. Children are not born with respect, they learn by example from their parents. When a child sees the actions of their parents and other adults being so hateful and vicious, they emulate this behavior.
Unfortunately, vulgar language and gestures have become part of the everyday language for some people. Spewing out hate and anger is commonplace in public and professional settings, many times turning the situation into a contest of who can be more abusive and cruel. In my opinion, the media, TV and movies have added to this situation with no hint of getting better. This is not what freedom of speech is all about.
At the end of the day, we all have the same common goal–to enjoy life the best we can living in a safe and healthy environment.
Typically I am optimistic, but when I see people being so hateful and nasty, it makes it harder for me to believe that things will get better in my lifetime.