We know people respond more positively when they are encouraged with awareness, education and inspiration to make the healthiest, life-affirming choices for themselves and their responsibilities. We know this because of how we respond ourselves when people recognize and complement our strengths, talents, abilities and choices.
The question then begged is why do we keep adding laws upon laws upon rules, regulations that result in so many restrictions that people rebel against them, though not really with the intent to break the laws, rules and regulations, but to just break free from the weight of the bonds our Disrespect Philosophy driven world creates.
There is a saying that it is wiser not to just give people fish, but to teach them to fish. Is it not then wiser to not just give people laws, rules and regulations, but instead to help them Connect the dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE so they develop the ability to value all life … and as a result, make better choices of their own free will than by the “threat of punishment” methodology?
The concept is logical, practical and compassionate, though not to those who feel the need to control others. People with the need to control and punish others reflect the impact their own experiences have by their impaired development and growth that has prevented them from recognizing the value of other people and what they have to contribute to our local and global community.
If we desire to consider this choice from a Biblical perspective, there are a few things to consider before making our choice. First, let us not forget God gave people Free Will, so who are we to take that away from people? Two, the Old Testament was filled with reams of laws, rules and regulations because many people were out of control … they got caught up in the natural world and rejected their spiritual selves; however, when Jesus Christ came to earth, He brought a new covenant that overrode all the laws, rules and regulations of man. He simplified the world by the New Testament, requesting that we all, “Love thy neighbor as thy self.”
Whether we prefer the intellectual, scientific premise to “Respect/value all life for just being lives” or the spiritual guidance of “Love thy neighbor as thy self,” the result will be the same … people will become encouraged through their new awareness, education and inspiration to not imprison people with judgment and all of its resulting laws, rules and regulations and will instead reap the benefits of people’s character strengthened by empowering them to make good choices simply because they know it is the right thing to do.
And if you need more justification to change our global culture from Disrespect to Respect, you may want to consider the huge financial impact … the money that will be saved from the much less damage being done to us and our world and the money that will then be available to make our world a better place to live … for everyone.
October 7, 2013
Kaitlin A. Trepanier
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