The importance of respecting those who are different to me
One of the best and most beautiful things about humanity is that we're all different from one another; each person is unique in their own very special way. So, instead of fearing those differences, it's important for us to recognise them and embrace them, and above all be respectful. How can we do this, especially since we’ll be celebrating Heritage Day tomorrow?
Accept that we are different
Sometimes a person’s culture or religion is so different from our own that we don’t understand why they say or do certain things, or even the types of clothing they wear. This may seem strange or silly to us but we need to remember that we might seem just as strange or silly to them. Instead choma, respect the differences and try learn why they do them. You’ll learn more about the world and grow.
Learn to listen
The easiest way to show respect to others is to listen when they speak, to listen to the things that interest them and the reasons they behave a certain way. When we listen to one another, we learn.
Don’t make fun of others
Just because they’re different, there’s no reason to tease or mock people. Always think about how you would feel if the situation were reversed. Not so nice from the receiving end, is it?
Always try and consider people’s different needs and how you can accommodate them. Are you throwing a party, do you have any guests whose religion or culture requires that they don’t eat certain types of foods? Imagine how accepted they would feel knowing that you took the time to find out what they can eat and made a plan for them? Now that’s being a real choma!
At the end of the day, the world is getting smaller and smaller and every day we’re meeting people from all over the world, people from different cultures, religions, sexual preferences, gender beliefs and disabilities. Let’s create a world where everyone feels included, safe, and respected. Every little act counts. The change starts with you.
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