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It’s kind of a silly notion to think everyone should be respected, all the time, isn’t it? I think so. I might be wrong.

But let me tell you who I will always respect.

And let me tell you who I will never respect…

I will always respect the person who looks at this picture hanging in my living room and says, “his bicycle handlebars are aimed to the left, although I understand that you see them pointed to the right, and I may be wrong.”

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I will never respect the person who looks at this picture and says, “they are pointed to the left, and if you see that they are pointed to the right, you are wrong.”

Yes…

I will always respect the person who says, “I believe I am right. And you may also be right.”

I will never respect the person who says, “I am right. And you are wrong.”

I will always respect the person who says, “I know one thing: that I know nothing.”

I will also always respect the person who says, “I know something, but I admit that what I know could be wrong.”

I will also always respect the person who has the ability to say, “I believe something, but I know that I can’t ever know.”

I will also always respect the person who has the ability to simply say, “I believe,” and leave it at that.

I will never respect the person who says, “I know one thing: and it is the only possibility.”

I will also never respect the person who says, “I know something, and there is no chance that I am wrong.”

I will also never respect the person who says, “I know something with authority and have no doubts.”

And I will definitely never respect the person who says, “I know something, though I have never fully questioned it because I believe that to question it would be wrong.”

I will always respect the person who says, “there is more than one right way to do almost everything.”

I will also always respect the person who says, “I know there are a lot of wrong ways to do a lot of things, and my way might end up being wrong.”

I will never respect the person who says, “my way is the right way.”

I will also never respect the person who says, “I know there are a lot of wrong ways to do a lot of things, but my way can not be wrong.”

I will always respect the person who says, “how I measure my own intelligence is vastly different than how I should measure the intelligence of every other person.”

I will never respect the person who says, “I am more intelligent that other another.”

And I will definitely never respect the person who sincerely uses the word “stupid” to describe someone who does something differently than how he would have done it.

I will always respect the believer who says, “I know who God is, and I also understand that God might not exist.”

I will never respect the believer who says, “I know who God is, and there is no way that I am wrong.”

I will always respect the atheist who says, “there is no God, but I understand that God might exist.”

I will never respect the atheist who says, “there is no God, and there is no way that I am wrong.”

I will always respect the person who says “I understand that truths change, and I accept truths when they change.”

I will never respect the person who says, “truth cannot change, therefore I will fight any change in truth.”

I will always respect the person who says “I live in the era of information, and I will be open to what I might learn, even when it conflicts with what I now know.”

I will never respect the person who says, “I like what I already know, and have no desire to learn more.”

And I will definitely never respect the person who says, “I am comfortable with what I already know, and it is dangerous to learn more.”

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!