That’s the first word I could think of that started with A, and it’s something that’s been on my mind for a while. The concept of accepting others for who they are, even if what they believe in is different from what you believe in.
For the most part, I don’t like society. I don’t like its values, I don’t like its “morals,” I don’t like its trends, and I don’t like its general emptiness. Many people have told me over and over again that “morality” is subjective and that one person’s morals are not necessarily better than another person’s morals, so it is therefore wrong of me to say that society is in a state of “moral decay,” when it may be my morals and not yours that are decaying.
But do I stand by and “accept” society as it is, or do I do something about it? And that begs the question… what can I do? See, the word “acceptance” doesn’t imply doing something about anything. To me, “acceptance” implies standing by and passively submitting to whatever it is that you are accepting. In a sense, it’s acquiescence, and I don’t like to acquiesce about some things.
I realize that I sometimes come across as very old-fashioned, unyielding, and sometimes even bigoted. I don’t like to be seen in that way, but I do feel as though I should stand up for what I believe in. It’s not easy for me to just lie back and “accept” that there are things wrong with society. It’s not easy for me to “accept” someone’s lifestyle when I see firsthand that it’s causing them problems and confusion.
I like people, even though a lot of times, I do not understand them or their motivations. I accept them for who they are, but I may not necessarily endorse their belief systems. But that doesn’t mean I dislike that particular person if I don’t agree with what their beliefs are. In general, what people want in life is to be happy, and if what makes them happy is different from what makes me happy, then that’s fine. But if I accept you, then you must also accept me. Acceptance is not a one-way street.