Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. ~Laurence Sterne
Respect is an attitude. Respectful people are honest, considerate, responsible, polite, and tolerant. It is treating others with courtesy and dignity. Being respectful is having regards for others feelings. Respect is necessary for healthy relationships. One must be respectful of others in order to be respected. The golden rule applies here. “Do unto others as you would others do unto you.”
Respect is the cornerstone of integrity. It should be taught at home while children are young. They should be taught to respect not only themselves but their parents, siblings, other relatives, and friends. They should be sent to school with the view of respecting their teachers, people of authority, and their friends.
A lack of respect results in disgrace and hostility, so therefore; I feel respect should be given freely rather than earned. However, I think it should be taken away if someone doesn’t reciprocate respect or doesn’t measure up to the worthiness of being respected.
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. ~Bruce Lee
I was raised to be a person of good moral value. I have always respected and trusted those I thought to be of good character. I don’t respect people because of their political power or celebrity status. Money or fame does not make someone deserving of respect. It is a matter of personal integrity. I will not hold them in high esteem because of those two things. If I were to meet them, I would be kind and expect to be treated the same. If they treated me in the same manner, I would feel they were deserving of respect.
I try to treat all people the same. I am respectful of all that I meet, and most are respectful in turn. There have been very few people I have met that I have immediately felt disrespected by and turned off. These have been people who are self-absorbed, think the world revolves around them, and expect everyone to do for them. I don’t mesh with that type. I don’t care how intelligent someone might be, if she/he has no respect for others I consider the intellect somewhat of a waste. I’d rather associate with a considerate person of lesser intelligence than a hateful scholar
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? ~Confucius
Society has recently thinned the line between political correctness and respect. People are afraid to tell jokes because someone somewhere is going to be offended…even though no one in particular is the target. It is the fact that it could possibly be about them because they “might” fit that profile. I am not speaking of smearing someone’s reputation. I am referring to innocent remarks people make on occasion.
Recently, I have noticed a total lack of respect in areas where people are claiming to be so open minded. The problem is that they are only respectful if your opinion is one that agrees with theirs. These same people take offense every time someone else makes a joke that has absolutely nothing to do with them. Yet, they can say anything they want and it’s ok for them to make jokes at their intended targets and no one is supposed to be offended. I think respect should definitely be a two-way street.
I think if we love ourselves and open ourselves to loving others and we are honest, courteous and understanding, we are living respectfully.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. ~Lao Tzu
This is my Spin on “Respect” for Sprite’s Keeper.