The most false lesson given to our children, given to us is:
“Respect needs to be earned”
To that I always utter the simple statement of “Huh?”. Why does respect have to be earned? Why is it not given outright, why shouldn’t it?
We are taught from a young age that respect needs to be earned, that we must respect the elder and wiser not the poor who clean our toilets or scrub our floors. This archaic thinking never ends, it starts with our past, a past that we then pass on to the next generations to come.
So many of us hold people in power with such respect that what ever they say is the law, we look down on the “staff” and treat them as if they were dirt, animals out to rob us blind. By following the teachings taught by the previous generations we prevent ourselves from seeing the truth and reality.
The reality is that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or what you do for a living. Respect should be given equally not with discrimination. All things should be given equal amounts of respect until they do something that forces us to lose respect for them. Just because they are who they are doesn’t mean we should respect or disrespect them more or less.
Respect should be given freely to all things, never earned. It can be lost, there can be new found, but never earned. No matter who a person is they deserve to be treated the same as the next person.
What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is respect, it is the understanding that you are important because without you I am nothing. Each person has a purpose, whether they are the CEO of a large corporation or the garbage collector, they have a purpose. What would life be like with out that person collecting all your garbage?
Ubuntu is knowing that each person is equal, it has no castes, no race, no statures or preferences. It just is. Respect through equality.
It all comes down to that one simple word.
Everything in life is respect
We can’t run from it, we can’t hide from it, it just is
Think about it…