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Respect Others In Public Forums

Updated on March 13, 2010

Keep It Down

 Without question, I am a firm believer that everyone has the right to their own opinion.  That being said, we also have the right to be out in public without having somebody else's opinion shoved in our face.  That being said, let me elaborate.

When I am driving, I prefer to listen to my music loud.  If the weather permits, my windows are down, too.  Unless I'm in town.  Then my music gets turned down and maybe my windows go up.  If they don't, then my music comes down further in order to ensure that I am not bothering anybody else.  It truly bothers me when I can hear the heavy bass beating up the speakers before I even see the car.

The newest thing is to put speakers outside of the car in order to broadcast you music directly at everyone else.  I find this practice extremely disrespectful and feel that it should be illegal and heavily fined.  There are noise restriction laws but they are seldom enforced with consistency and firmness.  Keep those features for the car shows, please!  It is not the style of music I object to, it is the delivery system.  Just because I do not listen to the same music you do does not give me the right to demand you shut it off, I would not expect you to demand my music be shut off.  That is why I turn mine down when I am out in public.  It is a matter of common courtesy and I am not the only person who would greatly appreciate the courtesy being returned.  After all, how are to know if there is a migraine sufferer or a baby sleeping in the car next to you.  Your actions do affect others, it would be advisable if you would strive to make a postive impression.

Keep It  Up

The same applies to matters of fashion.  Just because I do not participate or approve of certain fashions does not mean I have the right to tell you to go home and change.  When it becomes a matter of full or partial indecent exposure, then it is a matter worth mentioning. It is not at all appropriate, proper, respectful, or cute to make me look at what mother nature gave you.  There are ways of modifying fashion statements to mimic what the celebrities are wearing without committing intentional wardrobe 'malfunctions'.

The point I am trying to make is do what you want inside your own home and express your sense of fashion and artistic expression in a family friendly respectful manner in public.


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      Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

      Thank you Dennis for your insightful comments. The concept of political correctness has gone too far and exceeded the boundaries of common sense. If people really cared about a separation between church and state then a political candidate's religious beliefs should not be an issue but it comes up every single election year. It's hypocritical to say the least.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 6 years ago

      This is a great hub and a subject well worth mentioning. Respect for others is important today now more than ever. We need to respect others as you mentioned in your hub. The same thing is happening with respect for other activities for which our court system has seen fit to restrict activities with regards to freedom of religion. This involves the display of the Ten Commandments.

      Individuals go to court for they feel it is a violation of the separation of church and state but the problem is they do not have to look at it. If the residents of the location have had no problem with the display why now should they be required to remove it.

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      mod2vint 8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have had my entire house vibrate as the cars go down the street. As for fashion there are times when you want to tell a young lady to wash her face, and the young man to pull up his pants after all crack kills!

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      pinkylee 8 years ago

      i have heard these cars with speakers outside of the dang thing and it is highly annoying because even with the windows up i can still hear them over my music causing my to turn mine up for the moment they are near me just so i can enjoy my tunes. i agree on the fashion as well.

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      ThoughtfulSpot 8 years ago from PA

      I really enjoy your sentiment here. I too believe that everyone has a right to express themselves and have their own opinion, but I don't need to be bombarded by it. Fight for your rights! Please! But, if we would all do so w/ a little respect and concern for our neighbors, it would make this life a bit happier, and a lot easier for everyone.

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      Chaotic Chica 8 years ago

      Thank you all for commenting, feedback is welcomed. Bobbybarton, I do feel that a great body is often hard earned, I dropped a good deal of weight in boot camp, but I do not feel that a having that great body means you have the right to show as much skin as possible. There are ways of showing off that hot body without pulling down the top, pulling up the skirt, or wearing a top too small.

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I agree with everything you said, especially about the music while driving. We don't need to share it with EVERYONE! Many people do not appreciate it, especially MOI, if it's RAP!

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      Lela 8 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Oh, the tummy is hard earned for a "tubby" I can assure you. So why do you object if she shows that off? Well, it's your opinion. My opinion of bobbybarton is - learn to spell, type, or get some grammatical training.

      Well, sometimes I look at loud music as a "free" concert, but it is rude in public. Certainly it is distracting and an unsafe driving habit. It can also annoy other drivers into road rage. If only everyone would use respect for others while driving, the world would be a better place.

      As for fashion, it's all a matter of taste. You have bad taste if you offend the public with your fashion choices. So get some uncommon sense and learn respect for others.

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      bobbybarton 8 years ago from Ireland

      i agee with outside speakers but if the girls can carry it wa#hats the problem, iere she is a tubby i agree cover the tummy but if the abs are on show, why not they where hard earned.

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      I think putting speakers on the outside of the cars might be illegal some places as I have never seen it in FL. Respect for others is important. Good hub.