When “freedom” is used a means to do what we want … regardless of the impact on others, it may be freedom, but it is a selfish, narcissistic, and sociopathic freedom that disregards and devalues the lives of others so we can feel more important than others … which we are not.
Still not sure? Consider these scenarios …
Sexual predators want to be free to do what they want. Should they?
Criminals want to be free to do what they want. Should they?
Terrorists want to be free to do what they want? Should they?
Businesses want to be free to do what they want? Should they?
Politicians want to be tree to do what they want? Should they?
Etc. Etc. Etc.
Without respect that values all life, humans need guidelines, checks and balances to counter beliefs, thoughts, and action individuals, groups, and humanity that are only self-serving and harmful to others. It is easy to slide into the pit of selfishness with the “freedom” justification, yet in no time at all, our world could end, not because of the apocalypse, but because of our own carelessness and disregard for life … anyone’s life, including our own.
This pandemic is revealing, like others, not just how fragile humanity can be to a medical disease, but more importantly how fragile we are in our thinking … believing that our freedom to do what we want when we want to is not something to be proud of or partake in without consideration and reflections because our actions and in-actions may just be responsible, not only for taking a stranger’s life by passing on the COVID-19, but also for potentially taking the life of a loved one or even several.
However, a higher “Respect Level” and more love for others would not allow us to be so callous and careless with life, but instead can empower us to deal positively with the inconveniences, the discomfort, and whatever else the acts of respecting and loving ourselves and others requires during this challenging time for humanity.
The answer is simple. Be a role model … not a rebel without a cause. Wear a mask. Social distance. Be mature. Act responsibly. And when this pandemic is done, you will feel better about yourself for doing you part … and the world will thank you too as we all breathe a sigh of relief for meeting a global human crisis … together.
KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER
Specialist, Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President
Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle
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July 24, 2020