Guys, I just saw something on tumblr that was like, “I will respect your opinion as long as your opinion does not disrespect my existence”
Clearly, this is referring to any sort of discrimination. For example, a homosexual will not respect a homophobe, an individual will not respect the opinion of a racist individual of another race, etc…
But I think this is SUPER FOOLISH. I believe everyone’s opinions should be respected. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions, which sometimes may differ from yours. Opinions are really formed through experiences and such.
Now, before anyone attacks me about how privileged I am or whatever I need to inform you all that I was born with hemiplegic cerebral palsy and have experienced a lot of suffering and discrimination because of my physical handicap. Thus, I am able to empathize with anyone who has experienced discrimination of any sort.
I have come across so many people throughout my life that have opinions that disrespect my existence and I would like to share my own philosophy on this situation,
Instead of saying, “I will respect your opinion as long as your opinion does not disrespect my existence” I insist it be changed to, “I will respect your opinion regardless. But if your opinion disrespects my existence then do not be offended if my opinion disrespects your existence”
I will not associate with such people and if I am forced into such a situation I will ignore you so hard that you will start to question both your presence in the room and even perhaps if you even exist.
I hope you all would follow this too. I feel it leads to significantly less conflict and an overall less stressful life.
Thank you for your time!