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
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.