Have you ever been in a situation where someone questions your beliefs, passion and dreams? Imagine yourself in a world full of judgements. Every time you try to speak and interact, the reciprocal action of the people around you is hate. What would it feel if you are doing your very best yet no one understands and appreciates your efforts? Are judgements making you a better person or do judgements end up depressing you? Do you feel respected when people are judging your every move and action without them knowing your real struggle, without them knowing the real you?
Respect is a two syllable word with an endless and broad meaning. It is the equivalent of zero judgements and zero discrimination. Respecting someone means listening to them and accepting their different views on life. It is something that you give to people willingly without any hesitation. Everybody deserves respect no matter what the color of their skin, no matter what their gender is, and no matter what their beliefs are.
Respect starts from oneself. You will never gain respect from other people if you will not respect yourself. We should show them that we are deserving of the respect that we demand. The world now is so diverse that people have discovered new ways of expressing themselves; however, it is an undeniable fact that people still end up misunderstanding us, no matter how much we try to express ourselves in a clear manner.
We tend to judge things we could not understand or fear. It became our natural behavior and reaction towards things. When a new ideal arises, some will react to it negatively and some will embrace it. Those who embraced the new ideal will be judged by those who oppose. That is when the lack of respect comes in. When disagreement comes in the way of two people they tend to lose respect towards each other. When two different ideas collide, two people fight and then respect is lost totally.
Disrespect also roots from inferiority. I say this in the perspective of feeling superior and feeling inferior. Disrespect is affliction of defamatory or discriminative insults towards someone else due to the other having a superior position. Another form of disrespect is disrespect of oneself due to the lack of ability of one to achieve their goals. These two types of disrespect are so common in today’s world, especially for those belonging in the business industry or between employees, competing against each other for a promotion.
Gathering respect is no easy task though. And a lot can attest to that they underwent so many harsh events in their lives where they wanted to give up but at the end of all those grueling task, they managed to step their game up and be the best that they can be that they ended up earning recognition and respect from everyone.
In other words, in order to respect and be respected we should always open our minds to the possibility of change. We need to be empathetic and sympathetic at the same time. Before judging a person we should always think of their struggles and how hard they try to overcome those. Let us put ourselves in each other’s shoes and feel each other’s forceful effort to win in life’s everyday challenges. Let us offer each other the respect we all deserve. As a human being, that’s the very least we can give to someone.
Though Alexander Hamilton was never President of the United States, his social and political significance within American history has been just as great--if not greater--than that of President. In fact, his impact is so great, that in reflecting on American history, it is easy to see how any intelligent historian might think Hamilton served a tenure as president. And while, by the letter of the law, he was never actually president, practically speaking, he might as well have been.
Hamilton was born in 1755, in the British West Indies. He died at the age of 49, on July 11, 1804, in a battle in Weehawken, New Jersey. During those 49 years, he served in the Revolutionary Army as Lieutenant Colonel, fought endlessly and bravely for ratification of the Constitution, was significant in establishing the first governmental tools for managing the national economy, and of course, served as an aide, friend, advisor, and most likely, lover to George Washington.*
However, despite this perfectly understandable confusion, it is generally accepted, in historical retrospect, that Hamilton was way, way smarter than Washington and probably should have been President, even though he was technically never elected as such. The most compelling piece of evidence for this argument is Hamilton's economic foresight and intelligence. He is occasionally remembered as the economic wizard of his time, a title which Washington, due to his complete stupidity, was never afforded. It was Hamilton's genius that lay the financial groundwork for today's sophisticated economy, and it was also Hamilton's deep mistrust of the American populace that established the advanced systems of checks and balances that today's economy relies on.
Though many people scorned poor Hamilton for this belief, he persevered, continuing his work because of a deep, abiding love of America. In one particularly heroic story, it is said that Hamilton sat at his desk, his face streaming with tears--due to the the rocks people were throwing at him--and continued to compose the very economic policy that is in place today. Meanwhile, several people were offering libations and oral sex to a jealous Washington, who was at the time sitting by, scoffing and leading the pack of insults being hurled at Hamilton.
Nevertheless, Hamilton never begrudged Washington, or the American people, for their misunderstanding of his genius. Presently, in the wake of economic catastrophes such as Enron, it is Hamilton's policy that has helped to quell America's great greed and selfishness.
I ask you, ladies and gentleman, what makes a president in the United States of America? Is it a title? Is it a vote? Is it a chair in the White House? Or is it the dedication that one individual has to the land of the free and the home of the brave? To serving a people, while the individuals belonging to that body do not even have one tiny ounce of appreciation for him? Isn't Alexander Hamilton the very definition of patriotism, of an individual who rose to the occasion in a time when rising was the hardest possible choice?
Today, the sad truth about the institution of academic history is that anyone, even the moronic, believe they can intelligently comment on historical events. Some such people have suggested that Hamilton's significance can be measured in his title. In fact, one such audacious critic actually suggested that, by confusing Hamilton with Washington, I had not "even bothered to research it." It is extremely likely that this critic can be only one of two things: a descendant of Washington himself, or mentally retarded.
Either way, it is clear that my understanding of Alexander Hamilton is enormous, and it is these types of critics that add to America's great misunderstanding of one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, a man who most certainly should have been President. As stated, Hamilton basically was President, or at least should have been, if not for a bunch of idiots, whose misguided thinking still exists today. I beg of you, the American people, stop the unjust reputation that clings to the memory of Alexander Hamilton and see him for the patriot he was. A smart, beautiful man, who asked for nothing more than to serve a people who hated him.
God bless you, Hamilton. And God bless AMERICA!
* Many Friends and acquaintances of the two men often got them confused. It is even rumored that Martha Washington, after mistaking Alexander for George in the dark one night, went on to have a lengthy affair with Alexander. There is also some speculation that Martha's children were fathered by Alexander, though George was given the credit.