Aug 2, 2012
What do we stand for?
While I appreciate free speech, I have to appreciate it from someone else, and from other beliefs. I have to also be responsible about how I share the world with my children, so that they, one day, will be able to be respectful, yet hopefully, share my values. G-d willing.
PS There is a song that basically says the same... We all know what it is we stand against, but do we really think of what we stand for? That concept was not new.
The picture? It represents my beliefs. First, a five year old is freely allowed to choose to wear this hair do to school. IF someone thinks badly about her upon seeing this 'do, then shame on them. If we are to teach our children, then we are to lead by example. IF I had sent my child to her first day of school rockin' this pokey mohawk, and a teacher or child based an opinion on her due to that style, then I think there is more wrong than just a funky 'do. I spoke with a person, who we will call "Grandma" for the remainder of the topic, who felt like this would not be the best choice of hair do's for the first day. "Grandma" says, "What will the teachers think? What will the other kids think? Wouldn't want her to be teased." No. I don't want her to be teased. But I want her to be true to who she is, and not change herself to blend in with the norm. That day, she chose a different 'do, and one day, someone I love might chose to make a choice that seems wrong to me. However, I must love that person, and accept that each of us must stand in judgement on their own. Not by me. But BESIDE me.