It makes no difference what part any of us plays in our families, groups, communities, or the world, we all want to leave our mark on the world in some way. The need to show we’ve been there, whether when we’re traveling in distant places or through different cultures, or whether we’re writing the great world novel or epic poem, or discovering the cure for all ailments, having attempted to make a difference is something we all have in common. The majority of the marks we’ve left have been helpful, beautiful, and positive. However there are those who destroy, maim, or otherwise harm us all by their actions. It is a great shame that those marks seem to be the ones to make the most impact, or at least to receive the most publicity. Very little credit or recognition is given to great works of art or great accomplishments in medicine or science, past and present; just as essentially no credit is given to the individual for his or her contribution to their portion of the world or to the world at large. Perhaps if we all made an effort to recognize the daily efforts the people around us make we would promulgate an atmosphere of appreciation instead of disrespect. Wouldn’t a respectful world be easier to live in and preserve?