I’ve been talking a lot with friends about values and respect these days. I think more so since the local blogosphere has started becoming rather full of politick-ing. Some bloggers don’t like some bloggers. Some bloggers don’t like some companies. Some companies don’t like some bloggers. Tons of em I tell you.
Yet, at the end of it all, I try really hard to step back – to try to learn to accept people for who they are and try to understand why they do what they do. It’s an important step I think. I’ve made a lot of friends whom people generally ‘don’t like’ and whom my best description of them are “acquired tastes”. These people are often those that are ‘weird’, ‘direct’, ‘shoots from the mouth before thinking’ and the likes. But if people take some time to engage them, they really have a lot to offer.
I hate labels. I hate people who make snap judgements on others and then refuse to give the subject of their judgement a chance*. I akin it to racists who simply label people and then shut off all logical reasoning as to why different coloured skin people are just as human as them.
People should treat others with respect until given a real reason not to. And real reasons don’t include – “I think that person is stupid.” or “I think that person is weird.” Real reasons to me revolve around integrity. If someone has shown actions that revolve around cheating others, deliberately preying on another person’s weakness or worse – manipulating people, then that person loses a bagload of points in my book. (And of course if I’m the subject of manipulation, then…well…he earns a spot on my hitlist too)
I detest how the community is forming cliques and people are forced to take sides on a wide range of local issues. But maybe we should learn a bit more about respect instead of just hiding behind our blogs or blogging personalities to make quick and emotional judgements on people.
Oh well. Humans are ugly creatures. Or do we become ugly as we grow up?
Whatever. This is just a rant anyway.
* Making snap judgments are natural, but it’s what you do after that that matters.