Young … A Qualifier for “Respect?”

These days, repeatedly I am reading and hearing the descriptions of “new” as young, yet I am wondering why does someone have to be young to be considered new or emerging?

If we are all growing, developing, and changing, why do we discount someone who is thirty-five, fifty, seventy, or even ninety or one hundred, if they are learning and doing something for the first time? They are “new” at what they are learning and doing, though they may be young-at-heart, which the older we grow we know is true for many, so why dismiss the new who are not young?

Because youth is put on a pedestal instead of the whole life of a human being … because we value youth over all else … because we do not respect all life … yet everyone is “young” in their early years … and though some are born with natural talents that reveal themselves early, for the most part, it is over time, that the many gifts, talents, and abilities of people are discovered, developed, and bloom with life experience and increasing knowledge.

Like all prejudices, conscious or unconscious, transforming mindsets that value one group over others happens first by awareness, then conscious thoughts, choices, and actions.

The young are just young. It makes them no more special than anyone else and this they, and we, need to embrace because if they are fortunate they will live past their youth, which is when who they really are as individuals will shine brighter than their age. And, over time, they too will become “new” or “novices” over and over again as they continue to grow, develop, and change … as they too experience the journey from birth to life to death … because no one is exempted … just as no one should be exempted from respect because of “being young” or because of any other qualifier.

August 2014
KAT … Kaitlin Ann Trepanier

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Offense: Bullying … A School’s Definition Still Rings True Beyond Our School Years

Offense: Bullying
Explanation: While bullying can involve a single, severe behavior, bullying is usually defined as repeated negative behaviors intended to frighten or cause harm that may include, but are not limited to verbal, written, or electronic (virtual) threats or physical harm. Examples of bullying include, but are not limited to:
1. physical intimidation, taunting, name calling, and insults;
2. comments regarding the race, gender, religion, physical abilities, or characteristics of a person or his associates, and
3. false statements about other persons.

While researching a high school as a potential candidate for the inaugural Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE SCHOOL PRESENTATION PACKAGE, consisting of The Talk, The Play and The Book Event, when I was reviewing the Chesapeake, Virginia’s Guide for Parents and Students, I copied their definition of Offense: Bullying and pasted it here, because it struck me how the definition reflects “Bullying” behavior found in all kinds of places: at home, at work and in our communities-at-large, demonstrating repeatedly, that even though such behavior may be held in check while in school because of the possible remedial consequences, once removed from the custodial threats of the school system, young adults turn into adults who carry on the offense: bullying, often without really being aware that the same definition still applies … though the consequences to the bully and bullied that go unchecked continue to reinforce negative attitudes and behavior that will ultimately cost us in either health, social and correctional care and for some death because of the unrecognized damage and its cumulative toll.

Bullying is bullying no matter age a person is … and it is an offense, whether you are in school or not, because it is a violence targeted towards another life.

September 21, 2013
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