Dont tolerate, RESPECT

(Re, re, re, re) when you come home
(Re, re, re ,re) ‘spect
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I’m gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)

Aretha Franklin

As the song says, if you come to my country or to my house don’t tolerate my ways, respect them. What is happening in the world may be because we have taken tolerance too far. In Ancient Greece there was the belief that to be in Athens you had to learn to speak their languaje and respect their gods; if not, then you were not welcomed here. Perhaps nowadays we believe that is a harsh statement but in fact, I belive is what we lack.

To welcome another person in your house, first they must respect you and your lifestyle. Imagine the mother-in-law that visits and is always complaining about the way you live and how you are living your life, impossing her views and bossing you around. It is disgusting and insulting. Why? Because she doesn’t care who you are, she just wanst things to be her way without even being at her house. When would you invite her again? Never!

Living in a globalized world, people that are visitors must act according to the place’s traditions and not themselves. “Where you go, do what you see” said the Romans, and not to fit in, but as respect for the people that are welcoming you. When we travel we tend to do things our way because we are used to, but we are also obliged to conduct ourselves in the way the country we are in dictates. Even more if we are going to live there.

Religions, traditions, rites, ideas and philosophies that we have, must teach us to respect others. What we think may be right, but nobody else is obliged to think what we think. We may explain them so they can understand and respect without convincing them. That is what respect is all about, to listen to one another and come with what unites us.


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