Sorry Mr. Roddenberry and Ms. Franklin
September 8, 2009 1 Comment
I used to hold out hope. I believed that at some point in the future mankind would all get along. We’d stop fighting each other (over territory or over ideals) and be buying each other a Coke. That utopia just isn’t ever going to happen.
Sure, sure the Klignons are still looking for a good day to die, and the Romulans don’t seem to like anyone but most of the races that were part of the Federation seemed to get along peacefully. I’m convinced that at least the humans of this stardate won’t ever make it to the world envisioned by Gene Roddenberry.
We can’t agree on whether or not this little piece of land belongs to you or to me. We can’t allow each other to have different views of a higher being, and we certainly can’t seem to allow each other to have different views of how our leadership should run things. I’m not advocating automatons that simply go along with everything like mindless sheep. What I’d like to see is some plain and simple R-E-S-P-E-C-T (thank you Aretha).
If you are arrogant enough to think that YOUR way is the only way then we are at an impasse. There is no dialog, there is no give and take, there is nothing for me to do but accept your way and forsake whatever I believe/feel/know is right for ME. No one culture, religion, or political party has the rights on being right.
Instead of focusing on what we don’t have in common let us focus on what we do have in common. Maybe we’d find out that we aren’t so different after all. Take the time to get to know your opponent’s view point – he may actually have something worth while to say. I am not naive. I know there are very extreme people out there with diametrically opposing viewpoints. But take a moment to listen, to really listen and possibly learn what they are passionate about. Will this mean you have to believe what they believe? No! But I think that if we just gave each other the same amount of respect we expect then things might just be a tiny bit different.
Will this change things over night? Will we all become automatons? No, but since when has respect killed people or brainwashed children or taken land away from someone? All I’m asking for is a little respect.