"We should be lenient with the faults of others for they were our faults yesterday. None of us is perfect, and we should remember this in dealing with others." These Shakespearean words, as translated into Korean, prompted the desk columnist of the Korean Times to explore a topic, which he believes deserves more attention in today's world: concern and respect for others.
He begins with the example of automobile drivers who
have good reasons to be upset when the driver in front of them suddenly
makes a turn without using the turn signal, concerned only with getting
to their destination. However, the columnist admits that when he's in
a hurry, there's a lot that he does that upsets other drivers.
African proverb says, "In a hurry, travel alone. If you are on a long
trip, go with others but go as fast as the slowest, and lighten their
load." This appears to be a sacrificial concession on the part of the
fastest, but it's meant to maintain good terms with the slower persons,
which in turn is helpful to the faster ones on a long trip. This
demonstrates, he says, concern and respect for others.
look at those who have been notably successful in life, we see that many
have certain traits in common: the obedient type, the leader type, the
analytical type and the adaptable type. According to circumstances,
there is a need for different types but the columnist prefers the one
who can fit in smoothly with others, usually the one exhibiting concern and respect for others.
In the present
society of cut-throat competition where one is expected to outdo the
other, the adaptable type does not
find it easy. We all want to have the concern and respect of the other
but we also have to ask ourselves how much concern and respect do we have
We have the belief, says the columnist, that our
concern for others will be detrimental in achieving our goals in a
highly competitive society, despite the findings of psychology, which
show that we are happiest when we are concerned for the welfare of
others. The essence of concern, he says, is to be able to put ourselves
in the shoes of the other. If we think that everybody is the same our solicitude for the other may be doing the other harm. Respect and concern for the other is what is required by love.
Christians we have the example of God, says the columnist, who bestowed
on us the greatest amount of concern possible by sending us his son. We
in turn should give this same concern and respect to his children. It will bring great joy into our own lives and turn our dream of a better world into a possible reality.