Last night I was bored and surfing the yahoo groups lists of groups just to see if I could find something interesting. Well, I found nothing interesting, but it did sit me to thinking. As American's, everybody wants to be equal and treated equal. As I was searching through the groups I kept noticing things Like, Gays and lesbians only, women only, black males only, black women only, well, I think you get the picture. Then I got to thinking about your larger cities. First the Chamber of Commerce and then the African American Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber. If all these groups want to be equal and treated as such, then why do they keep going off and creating their own little groups. After sleeping on this, I came up with a reason. If all these people who separate themselves off from the rest of the population didn't do so then what would they have to complain about. America is a melting pot of all races and nationality's and we should all be getting along. If we keep separating ourselves into groups and arguing among each other, how can we be a successful country and a leader? Yes, I will admit that there still are people in this country who are races or in some other way discriminate against other people, but the answer to the problem is not making your own groups and excluding others because they are different or have different beliefs. How can we stop the gangs and their violence when we, as a society are breaking ourselves into groups. How can you expect other country's to get along when the example we are setting ourselves does not reflect what we preach. I have always taught my kids that we as people are all different and that we don't always have to agree with everybody believes and or lifestyles, but we do owe it to them to respect others and their ideas. In doing this, we have had a large melting pot of people around us, either black, white, brown gay or straight. The deal is that these Teens have learned to except people for who they are and love and respect them even though their thoughts and ideas are different. We have gotten into some interesting conversation with the kids and their friends over many different things including race, religion and sexual preferences and guess what, their friends keep coming back. The deal is that we respect them even though sometimes we don't agree with their beliefs. In turn, they then respect us for respecting them and we can all have a good time together. Let's take for example smoking. It is my right to choose if I wish to smoke or not, it's nobody else's. If a person chooses to smoke, then it is their responsibility to make sure that they do not inflict smoke on others. However, it is also the responsibility of the non smoker to not make it so that others who enjoy smoking can't. Saying something like "put that stinky thing out", is not a way of getting along, but saying something like, "Could you please move so that the smoke does not affect us" will get you a much better reaction from the smoker. This is a give and take that used to be part of America but has vanished. Respect is an important part of getting along with each other. There are many other examples I could use, but then I'd be on a bitch session and I don't want to go there. Leave a message and let me know your thoughts on the subject. Jimmy.
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