“Take a walk in their shoes.”
This is an idea that evokes compassion and empathy for a particular person; the same thought can be applied and generalized when related to an entire culture and even the rest of the world.
The premise is great; the motion, fantastic. However, I do have a small issue with this oh-so-common phrase: We shouldn’t have to walk in someone else’s shoes to respect who they are. We (believe it or not) don’t have to understand EVERYTHING, and sometimes the mystery within the world is what keeps life interesting.
Now, points can be argued on either side of this fence, and I can state them off as easy as the next person. This post isn’t written to deter you from using this old saying, or keep you from seeking knowledge in regards to people/circumstances unfamiliar to you. BUT, I would like to challenge you from hesitating to show another kindness only until AFTER you’ve considered what it might be like if that person were YOU. People deserve respect. People deserve the same rights as you because they are people TOO, and not simply because you would like those rights if you were them.
Shoes, yes, shoes are great, but not necessary in knowing that everyone deserves respect.