Live and Let Live: What does that statement mean to you?

United States
May 18, 2012 5:32pm CST
Most of us have heard someone say, at one time or another.... Live and Let Live. That statements means, to me, that we should allow people to be who they are without trying to change them. For me, it's all about unconditional acceptance. I guess an exception to the rule is if someone is DOING something that might be harmful to their self or to someone else. Sometimes we have a responsibility to teach. Police officers also must enforce the law so if someone is breaking the law the officers must stop whatever is happening. What does that statement mean to you?
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5 responses
@megamatt (14330)
• United States
20 May 12
I really think that to me, it means that we should just take life as it is and just roll with it. Things are going to be the way they are, because they are the way that they are. There are going to be a lot of good things, a lot of flaws, and a lot of people out there who are going to be happy, some people who are going to be miserable, and some people who are in between. In the end, there are times where we just have to worry about ourselves and what we do with our life, and not try to change the world. Society loathes change, so we are fighting a losing battle. Things will happen when they happen and only when they happen, they will hopefully be for the absolute best in the world and not for the absolute worst.
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
19 May 12
Live ..it is living all for oneself,trying to achieve goals,fulfill aspirations,gain money and wealth and get hold all needy items. On the other hand, letting live is allowing fellowmen also to have lives of their own.t necessarily implies non interference in the affairs of others and keeping away from deceit,vengeance,hatred and disrespect.While trying to gain a life in full we should also consider our letting others also live in peace and harmony.
@adforme (2116)
19 May 12
If I were to give that statement a meaning, I would say it means to mind your own business. If I am doing something that requires privacy and me, and me alone, then no one else has to worry about it. I would say this mainly concerns privacy. I hate the idea of phone tapping, and someone knowing what I lawfully do on the computer. In this technological age, people "follow" you even when you don't want them to.
@Suebee (2013)
• Canada
19 May 12
To me it means live your life the way you want to live it, making the choices you want to make and let others do the same. We are all individuals here on this earth with different ideals, beliefs, likes and dislikes. Everyone has the right to make choices, including yourself. Sooo...live life the way you choose expecting no interference from others, and let others do the same with no interference from you.
• United States
18 May 12
I see it more as accepting the past as it is, and living now in the present so you can have a future. If you don't accept the past as it is, you are not letting your past guide you into better decisions for the present and future.