Wednesday, February 4, 2015





You have heard, in order to receive respect, you have to give it.  But how can one give what he or she has not been taught?  How does a five year old know that he or she is to respect their elders, who have earned it long before they were born, if there is no one in the home to teach them?

We use to greet a person with the salutation, "Hello, how are you," and the reply would   be, "Hello, I'm fine, thank you and how are you?"  Today, the hello has been replaced with an insincere faded smile or just, "How are you?"  "I'm fine, thanks and you," with no reply, today asking a person how they are doing holds no meaning, because no one really cares to know like so long ago, when people had time or made time to listen.

We use to say, "Thank you," to express our appreciation and could expect, "You're welcome," with a genuine smile, because it was a give and take experience. The giver enjoyed giving or doing it and the receiver appreciated their gesture.  Today thank you are seldom spoken and if one does remember the words and find themselves using them, they are left to wonder if they are welcome because that part of the dialogue might be skipped.

When is the last time that you have heard the words "please" or "excuse me" come from  the mouth of the youth? To simply covering one's mouth when coughing or yawning.  This is what today's culture has evolved into and is known as a disrespectful society that no longer displays or uses common manners.  Like refraining from using languishes that would be viewed as not proper in front of or around children or in the present of one's elders.

Aretha Franklin sung the song about RESPECT, sighting, find out what it means to me as she spelled the word out.  It doesn't matter how old you are, your race, gender or religious back ground, everyone deserves it. To the Staple Singers demanding the same attributes, Respect yourself in 1971.  The song was written by Stax Records singer Luther Ingram and Stax house songwriter Mack Rice.  Ingram, who was frustrated with the state of the world at the time, told Rice, "Black folk need to learn to respect themselves."  Rice liked the comment so much so that he built a funk groove around it, and then gave the song to the Staples, who were also signed to Stax.   It’s 2015 and we still haven't learned to respect each other, for they also say actions speak louder than our words.

From one black person to another, you can address him or her, young or old today with hello and they look at you as though you are out of your mind or the words are foreign.

With the absence of respect leads to the lost of morals, for without morals there's no need for a conscious, because you no longer have the ability to distinguish between what is right or wrong.

Maybe if we showed each other a bit of respect and take the time to really listen to each other, we would be well equip to take a moral stand when it comes to making a conscious decision when taking a life without giving it a single thought.  Just maybe there wouldn't be so many senseless shootings.

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