A low Respect Level for other life are what the St. Mary’s University Frosh Rape Chant and Syria’s politics have in common. Why? Because the people who created, promoted, and participated in the this week’s chant and those in Syria, who are reducing their country’s population by violent acts, are seeking to raise themselves above others by putting down other people through the threat of violence or the actual violence.
Across our country, the statistics reveal the Frosh Rape Chant is not just a chant … but for some people in colleges and universities, the Frosh Rape Chant is an incentive, even an approval or a justification for their violent act and for others, a consequence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people, manifested by a culture that approves of taking out their own low Respect Level for life on others in order to make themselves feel better or to feel above other people.
As for Syria’s leadership, as history sadly reveals, mass annihilation has been done before … has been going on since the beginning of time and we are still slow in recognizing that inaction is like it is in all bullying … bystanders’ approval … because bystanders are worried about the impact on them … their own safety, the financial cost, but by not acting on behalf of those being harmed, bystanders give their stamp of approval for the same to be afflicted upon them at some time … when they/we will need the help of others. As for Syria’s leaders, the reason is the same … they have such a low Respect Level for themselves, they erroneously believe the only way they can rise above is on the backs and bodies of others, but on the contrary, one can only rise above others when the people you lead raise you up in gratitude for your superb leadership, fuelled by your compassion and care for those you lead.
The good news is that as our individual and global awareness grows in mass understanding that what we dish out to others goes out into the world and comes back to us, often magnified upon rebound, we can help those who do not yet understand that what they do comes from feeling “less than” and the only way they will feel “equal to” is by learning to raise their own Respect Level to at least the level that they seek not to harm others and hopefully to live and thrive in peace, respecting our differences as well as our commonalities, so we can create a better world than what we have so far.
September 7, 2013
All Rights Reserved by DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS/KAITLIN A. TREPANIER, Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE Developer, Author, Speaker, Playwright, Altruistic Entrepreneur, and Human Rights Activist … because every child should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED