What is Respect?
Respect comes in many different forms. It is all about honoring other people for their wisdom, actions and status.
Respect for elders means honoring our parents, grandparents, and anyone older than us. Respect for parents is a very specific kind of respect for our elders. Respect for teachers means acting in an attentive manner to those trying to educate us.
The Importance of Respect.
1. Recognition. Respecting someone else is a way of reognizing their achievements and what they have done for us.
2. Care. Respecting others shows we care about them.
3. The fabric of society. Respect for others keeps the fabric of society together.
4. Humanity. We should all respect each other because of our common humanity.
5. Getting respect ourselves. How can we expect others to respect us unless we respect them?
Ways to show respect.
1. Formal language. Formal language (such as saying ‘madam’) shows respect.
2. Listening attentively. Respecting another person’s words and opinions is a key form of respect.
3. Showing courtesy. Opening doors, helping with chores and so on are simple ways of showing respect.
4. Taking advice. Taking others’ advice shows we respect them.
5. Following the rules. Following both official laws and the rules set down by others is often key to respectful behavior.
We can all show our respect for each other, starting right now.
One of the best ways to show respect for someone is to truly listen to another’s point of view. Obviously, we’ll not always agree with one another on every topic (and you should never adopt a point of view with which you do not agree), but we should allow each other to have and express our own views – regardless of whether we agree with them or not.
“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.”
Keep this in mind: you owe everyone a basic level of respect for being a fellow human being, but your level of respect for others will vary from person to person. Just like your self-respect will grow as you master the ideals discussed above, your level of respect for others will vary depending upon your view of them and their own self-respect.
There’s nothing wrong with affording some people greater respect than others. You should be kind and polite to everyone – no question about that. But for obvious reasons, some of us simply deserve more respect than others. For example, I think we would all agree that a consistently honest person deserves more respect than a habitual liar. So, always be kind, polite and afford a basic level of respect for your fellow man, but you shouldn’t afford beyond basic respect to those who aren’t working on ideals you believe to be important.
Respect is one of mankind’s most noble sentiments. The highest levels of respect are always earned – never given. This is true of self-respect as well as respect for others. Before granting the highest level of self-respect or respect for others, make sure the person is worthy of the honor.
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals;
respect for others guides our manners.”
Written by Shawn Jackson
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