Do you find it hard to respect someone when that someone isn’t respectful of you? Respect is not a given, it’s something earned.
We’re taught as children to respect others, but others need to respect us too. It must work both ways. Respect is based on a mutual understanding of people’s values and practices within the framework of our cultures. Society is divided.
Being informed about another person’s culture allows us to be respectful. We need to know enough about other people’s practices to understand why their practices and values are so important and why we must respect their practices, faith and beliefs.
It’s particularly difficult in families and communities, because often those who practice aren’t always tolerate of those who don’t. Society has become diverse and we have become more divided on faith, but we must continue to show tolerance.
Tolerance allows us to ignore the values and practices of others but allows us to live along- side those who continue to believe and practice, even if we choose not to. It’s easier for someone who doesn’t practice, to tolerate and respect someone who does, more than someone who practices, to tolerate and respect someone who doesn’t.
My own thought is that we should respect other people, regardless of culture and beliefs. Asking how someone is or showing you’re interested is all that it would take.
Sadly, if that is the case, what has respect got to do with culture?