Contextual Respect

The disconnects are many,
And easy, now, to see:
Respect requires context
And bits of empathy

We have to try to understand
How other people feel,
The kinds of the things that they’ve been through
That have, for them, been real —

The pain that never goes away,
The grief that never ends,
That fear that’s present every day
For strangers, or with friends —

The varied contexts of their lives,
That make up who they are:
It’s more than simply choices made,
For no one lives at par.

The disconnects are many,
And easy, now, to see:
Respect requires context
And bits of empathy.

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