Yesterday my Facebook feed was full of reshared banalities presented in the form of great wisdom. One of them was the thought: “If we cannot agree with each other, can’t we at least respect each other’s views?” I thought about it long and hard and came to the conclusion that no, no we can’t. Obviously, this was not an answer to a certain issue, but rather weighing whether it was possible to genuinely respect everyone’s opinions and views or even their right to them, and I came to the answer, no it isn’t and no we shouldn’t. Why? I hear you scream. I’ll tell you why.
Let’s imagine a person loves fucking sheep. (New Zealander of course.) In his view, this does no harm to the animal and it is perfectly acceptable part of agriculture, just one of the perks. How much respect do you have for this person, his views? If you choose to respect his views, the sheep will get fucked until this ahole drops dead on one. Then he insists that men should be allowed to marry their sheep. The sheep can’t say yes, no matter how much the farmer loves one. How much respect do you have for this person and his opinions? Not much I’d hope.
There are some opinions and views that cannot be respected. If I hold an idea close to my heart – such as you cannot demand other people follow the rules of your religion (as in anti – gay marriage, anti-abortion, anti-premarital sex people think), I cannot respect their views, no matter how much I try. To me they are oppressive to other people’s views, and therefore impossible to respect. How can you possibly respect such a view that inherently disrespects somebody else’s view so much they want to override it with a law? With all these, gay marriage, abortion and premarital sex, they all have something in common: If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it, and nobody is forcing you to even contemplate such thing. But the anti-group are saying that since we don’t want to do that, you can’t either. That is unrespectable. Utterly impossible for any fair minded person to respect, support or allow.