Be kind to everyone. Such a simple statement but one that so many people forget these days. This week Ellen DeGeneres stood up to the bullies around the country when they criticized her for being in the same room with former President George W. Bush.
Here is what Ellen Said: “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that we’re all different. But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only to the people that think the same way you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.”
Imagine If We Didn’t Communicate
Can you even imagine what it would have been like if our forefathers had taken offense at anything they didn’t agree with? What if they had refused to listen to the opinions of others and refused to communicate about anything. Had that been the case The Constitution Of The United States might never have come into being. Instead, we could have been overcome by some other group of more civilized people who knew how to have conversations and respect each other while all the while being true to themselves.
What Can You Do To Change The World?
How can we change the disrespect that is taking place in our society today?
- Be an example. When you are speaking with someone who has a difference of opinion, listen and state your case. Don’t just shut them down or ignore them.
- Just like Ellen did. Stand up for your rights and be clear about how you feel and what you expect in return.
- Treat people how you would like to be treated. Rember this simple but profound verse from the Bible: Luke 6:31 ESV “And as you wish others would do to you, do so to them”