Respect – Civility – Tolerance

What ever happen to agreeing to disagree and trying to work things out?  What ever happened to having respect for others? Shouldn’t we have respect for all life on this one planet that we inhabit, human or otherwise. Shouldn’t we all try to get along with each other?

 What is Respect?

 Respect is thinking and acting in a positive way about yourself or others, respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others that you care about their feelings and their well-being.  Respect is seeing the good in all and that each of us are important and needed.

 Why Civility?

 Civility is politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech.  It used to be that our parents and teachers taught us to be civil with others even when we disagreed with whatever they were saying or doing.  Being civil allows us to first get our emotions in check and allows us to think clearly so that we can first understand why the other person is acting the way that they are.

 If we start out by calling the other person names, insulting them, telling them that they are wrong we will never get to the point of respecting each other no less change or influence any one.


 All this is the willingness to tolerate something that we do not agree with. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization states – “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s culture, our forms of expression and ways of being human”

 Tolerance is not a one-way street where only one group can claim it.  There are some that say we must be tolerant of one group of people while not respecting or being tolerant of another group.

 This is where  Respect – Civility – Tolerance come into play – We should develop respect for all people and life on this earth and where we disagree with something that we will have the civility to discuss it and see if we can get a clearer understanding of the issue. Hopefully we can find common ground and places where we can agree and work together for the common good for all.  And if we find that we cannot agree, that we are able to have tolerance for whatever it is that we disagree about.

 We need to practice peace, love and happiness –



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