I feel like walking around and belting out the Aretha tune at the top of my lungs. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T…find out what it means to me”! People are just utterly disrespectful anymore. And I mean EVERYONE! Here’s the deal: I don’t give a flying rat’s ass what anyone’s opinions are. Everyone has an opinion. Life is full of opinions, from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, the people we associate with, the kind of car we drive, what color we paint our living room wall, the movies we like to watch, the music we listen to, and even where we choose to live. Literally EVERYTHING in our lives are the product of our opinions. Opinions are based on personal preference, and I must emphasize the word PERSONAL! I miss my grandmother every single day, for she was the epitome of how the world SHOULD work. I miss the smile that she had for every person she ever met. I miss the fact that she always said, “If you can’t find anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.” I miss the encouragement of love towards all, and the idea that ALL human beings are deserving of respect. Those people who are standing up now, those who say they are tolerant and loving towards all, accepting of others, and preaching to individual groups to end “racism”, “hate”, “bigotry”, etc…WOW! These are some of the most hateful individuals I have met. That they can single out an individual person or group to direct the hateful disrespect towards, it speaks volumes. When people have become so all consumed by their opinions, however educated they may view themselves to be, it creates a cesspool of bitterness and hatred for even themselves. These are the type of folks who cannot be happy, and misery truly loves company. They strive, at every turn, to share their own misery and discomfort with everyone. Yes, oh yes, how I miss my grandmother, the finest lady who understood well: Personal is personal. Personal doesn’t need to be understood by others. It doesn’t need to be shared. It’s perfectly okay to have an ill opinion of a person, but not okay to share. Maybe that’s where some have grown confused. Maligning an individual publicly is NOT okay. It seriously isn’t. You don’t have to share someone’s opinions, agree with what they say, or like what they do. But, what we SHOULD do, what is PROPER, is to respect others, as we would wish for others to have respect for us.

These are my thoughts, albeit personal. Make no mistake of the intent, it is simply an attempt to make others think- something that more people would benefit from, to be sure. That’s all for now.

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