A lack of respect for your fellow man is becoming a larger problem.
From tiny instances to large, world-altering instances, the human race is struggling to live with each other because there isn’t enough respect between people.
At a recent Kansas City Royals game, I was annoyed at the man who simply sat on the steps in an aisle instead of going to his seat, forcing other spectators to walk around him. At grocery stores, I get annoyed when people choose to park wherever they please, regardless of if it’s a designated parking spot or not.
Both these instances, and countless others everyone witnesses daily, scream the same thing: “I’m more important/better than everyone else, so my convenience is more important than anyone else.”
And, of course, the lack of respect hits on a larger scale —Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most recent example. A group of people came together, under the guise of preserving history, to send a message that one race is better than any other.
That’s as disrespectful as you can be, and it makes me angry. My anger comes from the complete misunderstanding of how people can feel that way. I have questions that I can’t figure out the answers to, making me angrier.
How were these white supremacists, neo-Nazis raised that they can be this wrong and have this much hate in their heart? How did our country get to this point that there is this many people happy to call themselves Nazis? After seemingly making progress when it came to racism over the last several years, how is our country now here — taking a giant step backward?
The long answers to those questions are intricate and nuanced. The simple answer is that everything boils down to man not having respect for fellow man.
An environmental slogan works in other ways, too: “Think globally, act locally.” I hope all people who read this are as disgusted as I am by the lack of respect in our country and the world. The way to combat that is to respect your fellow man here in our town, our county, our region of Northeast Kansas and across the Midwest.
I have faults and I make mistakes, just like we all do, but I’m asking the community to put forth an effort to be respectful of your neighbors. We can make our community a better place if we work together, and that will eventually spread over a wider region.