In a Word, Respect

Every year my family and I head down to the 9/11 Memorial to listen to the list of names of those that lost their lives on that day in 2001. Only family members of lost ones are allowed to attend in person. My kids are 8 and 5 now, so questions about the events of that day start to come up and sometimes I have trouble answering them.

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Everyone’s different, and everyone’s the same.

As we approached the Memorial, we walked past the mural in the photograph above, and the words on the mural explain it all very well. “Everyone’s different, and everyone’s the same”. In other words, we might not agree on everything, but we should respect each other’s opinions and differences.

Honestly, sometimes that’s really hard to do. Right outside the Memorial were people holding up signs and telling others that what happened on 9/11 was fake, that it was all a government conspiracy. I wanted to punch those guys in the mouth. But freedom of speech is one of the reasons why this country is great. They’re allowed to have and voice their opinions. I might disagree with them, but I’ll respect their rights.

Respect isn’t just limited to big issues, respect is something that should be on your mind with everything. Respect others at all times, and that doesn’t just mean their opinions and/or stances on specific topics but respect their time as well. Respect the effort people put into their jobs and respect them when they say “no” to something.

We may agree to disagree on many things, but we should all agree to respect each other.

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