It’s hard out there…
Respect vs. Acknowledging.
Do we need to respect all beliefs out there?
No, we don’t.
But, it would be good to acknowledge their beliefs. It makes life between us easier.
Respect and Acknowledge, they can go a long way to building bridges that we can use to move forward.
1. A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
“the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor”
synonyms: esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor
“the respect due to a great artist”
2. A particular aspect, point, or detail.
“the government’s record in this respect is a mixed one”
synonyms: aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, particular, point, detail
“the report was accurate in every respect”
1. Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
“she was respected by everyone she worked with”
synonyms: esteem, admire, think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, hold in (high) esteem, look up to, revere, reverence, honor
“she is highly respected in the book industry”
1. Accept or admit the existence or truth of.
“the plight of the refugees was acknowledged by the authorities”
synonyms: admit, accept, grant, allow, concede, accede to, confess, own, recognize
“the government acknowledged the need to begin talks”
2. (Of a body of opinion) recognize the fact or importance or quality of.
“the art world has begun to acknowledge his genius”
So, we have every right to feel, think, believe any way we want… but, so does everyone else.
Aye, there’s the rub!
Respect and Acknowledge go a long way to building bridges that we can use to move forward. We as a people need to remember that all road going forward haven’t been made yet. We will have to pull up our sleeves and start making those roads and bridges. It can take time and a lot of effort. If we all work together it might happen. It’s hard when you feel bulldozed over by changing paradigms.
Be good to each other out there.