Respect

Natalie Gress

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means. There is no excuse for belittling the efforts of other human beings.

If people could open their eyes and realize that the world doesn’t revolve around them, they might take the time to check their attitudes and note the way that they treat other people.

One in five Americans has a disability. Some individuals have fewer opportunities than others. These “disadvantages” don’t lower their worth as human beings. It doesn’t make them unworthy of respect.

You may be blessed, have a great job, a family, a roof over your head, but you are no better than the person asking for money on the side of the road. You are both human beings with beating hearts and working minds.

Those who work to serve you are not slaves. They are hardworking people who make your life easier. Whether they are serving your food, bagging your groceries, or cleaning the garbage that you couldn’t bother to pick up, these individuals are people who work for a livelihood and for your benefit. It isn’t your right to punish them with a negative attitude, demean them with your nose in the air or jump to patronizing conclusions about their life choices. This author wishes all people would have to work an entry level position for minimum wage. This might make the narcissistic individuals open their eyes to how hard those positions really are.

The same can be said for those who make quick judgments on people that appear to have numerous opportunities , privileges , and good grades. Those who like to criticize individuals for being privileged are only showing envy and creating a social diversity. People who work really hard achieve good results.

Regardless of religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or race, people are people who have worth on this planet we all call home. Life isn’t a game of comparing one individual’s life to another.

If we all realized that people are people, we could patch together the relationships that have divided us. We could discourage the bullying, wars, and depression.

Give somebody a reason to live, appreciate the person in customer service; respect yourself and those around you.