SPEAKING OF RESPECT

FRANKLY SHORT OPINION ON NOWADAYS CULTURE WEAKPOINT

Four in the morning is both – too early and too late. Anyone awake must be up to no good, so let’s not ask any questions.

But she is still awake and asks questions, she risks and tries…
She reads and thinks, she writes and speaks…
She wraps all that other paper material and throws it away. The books, the writings, magazines and letters, memos and to-do-lists, ideas…
She lives by the point that if you want to create a lot, you have to destroy a lot. So she cleans her work table, her closet, her surroundings, and starts all over again… Based on the lessons learned, experiences gained… trusting no else than her instinct. She goes back to the basics and puts the details into the system.

But the system these days shows no respect. And without respect there’s no rules, no standards. Just chaos. What is respect if talking in a relation to the whole?

Respect is a standard-setter, a rule-maker. Respect makes possible the improvisation within the regulations and builds a skillful player. Respect creates the opportunity to develop, to push the limits.

RESPECT IS A PRACTICE.
Practice makes perfect.
And Italian ‘men of honor’ practice it a lot. Within Italian mafiosos respect grows into trees of honor, with love towards home, lots of red wine, knowledge passed by, music and dancing. Dancing, that’s correct. Tarantella, a dance, is a form of showing respect, setting the rules and passing by the customs. The don is always leading, and never leaving. He’s bound to his territory, he’s decision is law and law has to be always present. It’s a standard, a lifestyle based on respect. As Sergio, the don and master of tarantella says: “This is my land. It’s who I am and it’s what I do.” This is what he does…

So say what you say and write what you write, but…
With all my respect – actions do speak louder than words (tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram pics). And a trully frank person never speaks too much. She steps back to let her actions speak… Even if it takes place at four in the morning.

 

Written by Julia Ahtijainen