By Hakim Abdul-Ali
I was thinking the other day about the values of expressing common decency among one another while in a discussion with another soul. I call showing that expression respect.
Today’s topic was suggested to me by a Euro-American lady who reads The Chronicle at her job. She saw me last Saturday at a local food store, and she said she really enjoyed my last week’s article entitled “Mr. Garvin’s Courteous Wisdom,” where I spoke about the importance of being courteous to folk no matter who they are and what they believe in.
This lady is a devout Catholic Christian, who says she believes that the truth is the truth and what I said about being courteous affected her very deeply. She vehemently let me know that she didn’t dislike anyone because of their race, religion or place of origin.
I believed her and you’d had to have been there to realize that this lady meant what she said with all due regards to her testimony. I have to acknowledge her sincerity because she’s a very nice “hue-man” being, and one who showed me nothing but respect as I did to her in our twenty minutes or so dialogue.
Thinking about writing about this all-inclusive topic from my vantage point has challenged to put into words, “As I See It, the full depth and scope of this essential communicational quality. Truly this esteem should be a necessary inclusion in all of our lives that we all need to grasp firmly and never let go of it, especially, in this age of inflammatory “poly-tricks” and complicated discriminations toward folk of color and others.
Now, I’ll begin with my flow about respect and please read with your heart. In my way of looking intrinsically at this word, I see it as the action for any God Alone loving and fearing soul who wants for another what he or she wants or desires for himself or herself.
Does this initial flow from me meet with your rather general understanding of the word? I hope that it does because respect could also be looked upon as a byname for anyone who cares about his or her inner spiritual and outer moral consciousnesses.
I’m trusting that this doesn’t sound too eloquent in the manner in which I’m describing this fascinating aspect of “hue-man” sharing and caring and, if it hasn’t, I invite you to look into your soul for a more precise definition of same. We need to deliberate about this because at the bottoms of our individualistic chaos, local prejudices, national political mayhems and, yes, even the international religious problems lies the lethal seeds of “hue-man” disrespects.
Think very deeply about what I just said and try bringing it back home to where the hatred extensively lives in all of our very worlds of existences, if you dare think that long. Unfortunately, we live in a world today where many pockets of buoyant discontents spread the seeds of hatred and disrespect grows in the discourteous hearts, minds and souls of ignorant and confused folk.
The most honorable thing to have for another created “hue-man” being is pure respect—plain and simple. With all of the ungodly and sinister happenings going on throughout the globe today, it (just) maybe because mutual respect is an unused, unrecognized and invisible metaphor to calm the racist, savage beasts that roam the earth from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans.
When the scourge of ethnic disrespect travels throughout the internet and radio waves of thoughts, it’s no wonder that antagonism and racialism exists to the degrees that they do. No one wins in the game of spiritual morality when establishing mutual respect for all is an absent visitor to one’s heart, soul and mind.
Anyone who has been reading my thoughts over the decades probably knows that I’m an objective spiritual thinker, never afraid to give all praises and gratitude to the Creator Alone of everyone and everything. As such, I’ve definitely come to learn and realize that respect for my fellow “hue-man” being is a true boon to the wishful seeker of universal peace for all of “hue-manity” scattered throughout the globe.
In a sense, I, wholeheartedly, believe too that mutual respect for all is more than an action, I attest that it’s a loyal friend to one and all who desires peace, understanding and coexistence with the rest of the global “hue-man” family. To the lady who suggested that I write something about this present topic, you definitively demonstrated to yours truly what mutual “friendly” respect was to me, despite our differences in gender, ethnicity and religious traditions.
If we all could do the same, in some small, constructive ways, I believe the American credo of representable freedom for all would not be words merely written on paper. With respect for all, no matter what the color of their skin is or what their faith belief systems are, we would be able to live and respect the American credo for what it is alleged to have meant in today’s real time.
Sometimes, it’s a serious challenge for some narrow-minded and one-sided ethnic folk in America to admit that there still is open bigotry, police brutality and Euro-ethnic racial supremacy presently existing in our very midst as I write what I’m addressing now. I’ve always said that America is a “potentially” great nation, and I most certainly hold that truth to be self-evident.
I will continue to hold that sentiment until every American can feel respected and safe regardless of the hues on their faces or what their religion is. Again, I affirm that America will always be “potentially” great as long as it hides behind the symbolisms, falsehoods and lies of fabricated myths, etc.
Each and every living soul in America and beyond has to look at the fossilized prejudices that been instilled in them through colonial miseducation and questionable religious mythologies. When that occurs, that soul is now ready to look at respect and truth for what it’s in the mirror of reality.
In my personal view, every “hue-man” being is responsible for his or her own development and establishment of respect within himself or herself. I often say “to thine own self one must be true,” and I stand by that brief, but, oh, so personal symbolic challenge.
No real American can export democracy and freedom for all anywhere if it’s not exemplified here at home. Mutual respect is not something one only speaks about in glib political tones and singular religious dogmas or when it’s convenient to do so when votes are needed during the election debacles.
Being respectful to one and for all is the beginning of spiritual wisdom, and no one in this “potentially” great nation should ever forget that as many so-called opinion heads tend to do today while living in their own ethnically privileged environs. No, spiritual mutual respect is something you demonstrate openly and fully towards one and all, if America is to be what it claims to be.
In conclusion, I know that I’ve said a few things today that (probably) has made you think about the profound subtleness and active residue what respect should mean to you as an individual and, hopefully, as a proud citizen of this “potentially” great in the making. It assume that it can only fully and totally be great if, and when, all ethnic citizens know that all of their unalienable rights are for them too.
To that end, I’ll always strive towards practicing respect and for what I, again, “respectfully” believe what this country should inherently stand for. And that’s the common respect for all, no matter who they are and what they believe, because, in reality, today’s America is a salad bowl of different ethnicities, if you catch my drift. Hopefully, you do.
So, if you agree with me, then let’s make mutual respect for everyone an invincible actuality. I promise that I’ll do my part in making America respectfully great. And now what about you? Think about this as you travel about in your worlds of existences. For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”