On Respect

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Aretha spells it: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Merriam-Webster defines it:

  • a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation
  • remarks having respect to an earlier plan
  • an act of giving particular attention
  • the quality or state of being

A thesaurus provides substitute words: appreciates, considerate, dignity, honor, recognize, regard, courtesy, and more

The Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board writes it.

Respect, it would seem, is in incredibly short supply in America these days. Inappropriate actions, offensive and rude language and a general lack of manners are, unfortunately, becoming the norm. And increasingly, there seems to be little patience or respect for the diverse ideas or experiences of others.

America has become a nation of absolutists in love with their own perspectives and intolerant of differing ones. But what has always made this country great is its diversity of people and their opinions, ideas and culture. …

Respect for each other’s differing opinions and backgrounds opens the door for healthy dialogue as opposed to the often angry, back-and-forth that masquerades as conversation on social media.”

United States Air Force Lt. General John Silveria says it.

27 thoughts on “On Respect

    • Jo,
      Great point. Many years ago on this blog on asked the following question: Do reality shows mimic society or does society mimic reality shows? Which ever – what we observe in many is a lack of respect.


  1. You know, I have to agree with the Coastal Crone, if the top of the pyramid is not showing respect, it is also showing that it is okay to disrespect.
    I don’t know why parents are not teaching (sorry, I should definitely not generalize) their children respect. I know everyone is so busy trying to live a life, pay bills, obtain stuff, etc. but it so often feels like this most important element is not being taught.

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  2. Resa,
    Many thanks for the Queen of Soul … and as soon as I decided on doing this post, I had to find a way to incorporate the lyrics. Thanks for posting the song! … and I even displayed it! 🙂


  3. Pam,
    Great points and I whole-heartedly agree. I like your point about kindness and honor … but I may add that one can decrease the amount of respect they receive by the choices they make.


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