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There are disrespectful people: they disrespect others, they disrespect themselves
Disrespectfulness as a Rule in American Life
Disrespectfulness is a noun that can be defined, quickly, as, "lack of respect or courtesy." Disrespectfulness can be directed towards others, or it can be a lack of respect directed towards one's self.
I grew up in the South during an Era when Segregationists ruled the Land. It was a time when there was room for lots of improvements in our country, The United States of America. I remember having a "draft-card." I remember the Viet Nam war being fought. I remember black men being hung from trees by their necks, on occasions, in the South. I did not actually see the hangings with my own eyes, but I read about them or heard about them from old black people talking. I remember a lots of things happening, back in the old days when I was a child. But I also remember that people had, at least, some measure of respect for themselves and others.
I remember joining the Boy Scouts of America when I was a boy back in the year 1958. I was just 11 years old then. Of course, it was the Black Boy Scout Troop # 302, that I belonged to, in Franklin, Tennessee. The Scout Master was my cousin, ex- United States Marine Corps hero, John Murphy. "Scout Murphy," we used to call him. He was a strict disciplinarian who did not "play games" with people's children. "Right was right and wrong was wrong." "During what was right was the only way to live one's life," he would say. Oh yes, I forget to mention, Scout Murphy was also a Franklin, Tennessee Police officer. Black police officers were "few and far between" in the South back in the Old Days. Scout Murphy had to be a "Shining Star" to be wearing a Police Badge back in those days.
"Respect your Elders," he would teach us. "People are people," he would teach us. "Respect everybody." "Hateful, disrespectful people, tend to live shorter lives. They die young," he would teach us.
And of course he would teach us the rules that had to do with being Great Boy Scouts, in addition to his own rules.
He made us "learn then, by hard," Scout Laws and the Oath, Slogan and the Motto. I have never forgotten them, even until this day, I can remember them. Can you imagine a Marine Corps drill sergeant engraining these ideas into your head?
The Boy Scout Oath:
"On my honor
I will do my best,
to do my duty
to God and my country,
and to obey the Scout Law,
to help other people at all times,
to keep myself physically strong,
and morally straight."
And then there was the Boy Scout Law:
A Boy Scout is
The Boy Scout Motto:
And then there is the Boy Scouts Slogan:
"Do a Good Turn Daily"
I am proud to say I was able to do more than "one good turn daily," without trying, under the watchful eyes of Scout Murphy, my mother and my father.
After finishing high school in 1965, I found it easy to go out into the World "with a good attitude and with respect for others in my heart." I was not an antagonistic, resentful person because I was "not raised, or brought up" to be a hateful person. I had been raised up in the South, by "Loving People," who wanted me to go out into the world with my head on right.
Allow me to add, as parents and grandparents we still have the time and the opportunity, hopefully, to teach our children and our grandchildren to be decent human beings.
Disrespectfulness is not anything new. It goes way, way back, even high up into the far reaches of Heaven. One of my favorite stories about disrespectfulness concerns the relationship that existed between the "God of Israel and the Satan of the Universe." Satan was brilliant and his ranking among the Angels of God gave him a statue that enabled him to "Shine like the Sun." He could be likened unto a Shining Star.
However, he had a flaw within his Substance that prevented him from loving and serving His God, "with all his mind, with all his heart and with all his soul." This was to be his undoing.
As the story goes, as one reads in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the 14th Chapter, the 12th thru the 15th verses:
"How art thou fallen from heaven,
son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the grown,
which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart,
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne
above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation,
in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above
the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High (God)!
thou shall be brought down to hell,
to the sides of the pit." (God's reply to Satan)
As the story on Satan's Great Fall is pieced together is other Sacred Books in the Holy Scriptures of the Hebrew Bible, or the New Testament or the Koran, more details of Satan's "disrespectfulness" toward his God can be seen. One notes even, when Satan was kicked out of Heaven, a third of the host of Heaven (Angels) fell with him. God allowed Satan to have great Power, up on High, which he abused.
Look around and about you, in today's world, and see how disrespectful men and women are continuing behave, even today, as they continue to abuse the gifts that God have given them, just like Satan does.
"What a Pity!"