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February 28, 2014

Respect doesn't always mean agreement

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I sincerely feel that, perhaps, some of the struggles we have seen in recent political, social, religious and/or economic disputes across the nation have come as a result of a deep-rooted failure to respect the rights of groups to think, act, believe and behave differently from each other. We don’t all have to agree on absolutely every point in life in order to find a place of collaboration and compromise. We will, however, never reach to negotiating table, if absolutes insist on prevailing, with absolutely no room for cooperation.

In my own personal life, I don’t have to absolutely agree with everyone who crosses my path in order to treat them with the dignity and respect that every human being deserves. It wounds me deeply when someone doesn’t grant me the same, simply because we are different. There are no easy answers, but I hope and pray that we will find a way.

One has only to look upon the historic “miracle” that brought the 50 united states of America into existence, to realize how much collaboration, cooperation and, sometimes, “blood, sweat and tears” went into the development of a country that stretches from sea to shining sea.

Without acceptance and respect for our diversity, we would live on a continent divided by 50 different countries, instead of in “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with over 20 years of television broadcast experience. Her column is published every first, third and fifth Friday of the month. Contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.

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