No matter how we may act in our lives, most people take it upon themselves to be good people. We want to treat everyone with respect, and we also want to protect ourselves and our families. This is universal pretty much no matter who you are or where you come from. The beauty about this is that even if people do not agree on much, they can all agree that treating people with respect and dignity is a good thing no matter their religion.
What is strange about humanity is that even though we agree on these basic principles, we often do not enact them. We participate in war, racism, and violence for the sake of our families and beliefs, but would our families and beliefs want us to do so?
Motivations as a key
In order to get an idea of how people want to and should be treated, we must understand that our beliefs, no matter where they come from should be the prime motivators. It doesn’t matter who is telling you to be a good person, whether it is Jesus or Muhammad, they both have the exact same message. Even if you don’t believe in a god, you as a person probably want to treat people well, right?
So in taking a step back and realizing what truly motivates us, we can begin to treat each other with respect and dignity. No matter who is telling you that this is the right thing to do, we all know that it truly is.