Respect is something I have noticed that is greatly lacking, not only in our nation’s society, but in the entire world in general. If you look closely and actually pay attention, you will clearly see it. In the home life, in the schools, even in the work place. I honestly find it a little funny because respect was probably one of the biggest things taught in the homes back in the day. I remember growing up, my dad would always get on me and my older sister about respect. While I’m not entirely thrilled with the way he taught it, I’m glad he did because it has saved us a whole lot of trouble with parents, grandparents, babysitters, bosses and teachers. For the most part anyway.

Its hard to respect others when you don’t respect yourself; its hard for others to respect you when they can’t respect themselves.

I really started noticing the lack of respect when I switched to a public high school from a Baptist school my senior year (class of 2016). It was shocking to me at first, because everyday in second period homeroom, the entire school participated in the Pledge of Allegiance, but there were always a few students in my class who didn’t participate. They didn’t stand, they didn’t salute, they didn’t do anything except mess around on their phones or their computers. That last part is what shocked me the most, is the fact they got away with it. I honestly thought that everyone participated in the pledge, though I’m sure there was a part of me somewhere that knew that was false.

It seems like since then, little things have been popping up. Reactions after the last election, especially when the hashtag #notmypresident started going around. Lack of respect toward police officers, teachers, parents and bosses. The lack of respect for our country and those serving to protect us. When I first heard about what the NFL players had started with the flag, all because of a stupid comment, I was mad. I wasn’t a big fan of the NFL before, and I’m not even a fan anymore because of it. And its because of the player’s actions that they have lost so many fans.

I mean seriously, how hard is it to stand and salute during the pledge or the National Anthem? The song literally lasts a few minutes long and you won’t do it because the flag is “oppressive”?

The only reason the flag would ever be “oppressive” is when something happens that they didn’t like. A new President in office that you can’t stand. A new law is voted for that you voted against. I could go on but those right there seem to be the two biggest triggers lately.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I was never an Obama supporter. I will never be a Clinton supporter. I’m not a big fan of President Trump, but I support him more than the other two, that’s for sure. But if I was given the opportunity to meet any one of them, I would show them the same respect I would my parents, my bosses or even my teachers. Its because that’s how I was raised. To respect those in authority even if I don’t like the person.

Always show respect. Not because you want to, but because you want to show them that you value their opinion, even if you really don’t. It shouldn’t matter if you like the person or not, if you like the law passed or not. It shouldn’t even matter if you think something is oppressive or not. Showing respect to your peers and your authority is something that should always be done.

No questions asked.


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