All human beings have immeasurable value. Treat everyone you meet with this in mind.
It’s a pretty simple concept, but the execution can be extremely challenging. There are no exceptions to the rule of value. Infinite worth is not limited to those we agree with, people who are friendly to us, people who look like us, or those who behave the way we think they should behave.
Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health has said that, “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” You see, as fallible human beings, it is not our place to assign value to others, and there are simply not people who are expendable.
In person, on social media, or wherever we are brought into contact with others, perhaps the most significant thing we can do to improve our world is to treat others in a manner that acknowledges their worth. Behaving harshly, or speaking with hatred and venom when our values are challenged does not require skill. Demonstrating grace, patience, kindness, and respect in these difficult situations is likely the best way to remain grounded in our beliefs.
Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson