To pass judgement is easy. It does not require a highly evolved nature. To treat another as your equal with true respect, minus the Judger’s cap, can be much more challenging.
Regarding a fundamental principle for a more peaceful and respectful way of living, Daisaku Ikeda states:
“Buddhism teaches that all people are inherently Buddhas. I believe that this Buddhist view of humanity embodies a fundamental principle for world peace. You are a Buddha and I am a Buddha. That’s why we must not fight each other. That’s why we must respect each other.”
Think of someone who drives you crazy. Reflect for a moment. What is your typical response towards that person? How does your response contribute to an unhappy encounter? How can you begin to neutralize the charged energy that develops when you are around that individual? And then, how can you treat that person with more respect than perhaps you think they are giving you?
It can be a hard exercise to establish, believe you me. It helps to keep in mind that it is a practice and practice does not mean perfect. Acknowledge yourself for the small steps you take and remember, in the end, everything begins with you. When you change, the environment and the people around you change too. You are a Buddha and I am a Buddha. That is why we must not fight each other. Rather, that is why we must respect one another.
Have a wonderful week and happy peace making!