It is hard to respect others when they don’t respect you. I’ve heard it said, respect is something earned, it’s not a given.
We’re often taught by our parents from an early age to respect others, but others need to respect us too. Respect is based on a mutual understanding of people’s values and practices within the framework of culture.
Being informed about another person’s culture, allows us to be respectful. It is important to know about other people’s practices, to understand why their practices and values are so important to them and why we need to respect their practices, faith and beliefs.
It is particularly difficult in families and communities, where those who practice their faiths aren’t tolerate of those who don’t. Society has become diverse and we have become more divided on faith, but we should continue to show tolerance.
Tolerance allows us to ignore the values and practices of others, but allows us to live alongside them, even if we choose not to practise those values for ourselves. We should respect other people, their culture and beliefs.