After watching the video above which was posted by CNN, this one statement from her apology stuck in my memory, “…It is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.”
So I posed the following question to other readers in the comment section:
Why does this only seem to apply to those who view themselves as separate, above, or more deserving than others in society (social elite)? Or those who are consumed with disdain for any culture, religion or community outside of their own?
I really have no personal feelings about what Justine tweeted… she can think or feel however she wants. But I do believe that your right to be offensive ends where another person’s right to be respected begins.
One reader’s response to my perspective:
You think you have a *right* to be respected?! Best of luck with that: You are setting yourself up for a LOT of discord between “How You Want The World To Work” and “How It Actually Goes”. Believing that you have the right to be respecting involves controlling the thoughts and words of others, no?
Controlling the thoughts or words of others? Seems to me I would be in search of power in that case.
Respect here is meant to mean a certain point which a person should not cross, if they are not willing to be held accountable and receive consequences.
As I said, she has the right to think and believe freely, and I am not offended by that. But some are. So when you choose to express offensive thoughts openly, you should be willing to accept whatever consequences may come with that. If you are, don’t apologize. Stand by your statements.
I have respect for myself and others, no one has to force me to do so… I will not cross the line. I don’t waste energy thinking about “how the world should work”… I spend my energy giving others what I believe they deserve. The world may do as it pleases
Reader’s 2nd response to my perspective:
I sure hope you are always coming to the conclusion that the people around you *deserve* respect and compassion!
Believe it or not…I certainly do.