Respect is a due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.  It comes from the Latin word, “respectus” which means attention, regard, or consideration.  Respect is integral to both personal identity and to interpersonal relationships.  It is the ability to value and honor another person’s words, actions, and as a fellow human.  Without respect, interpersonal relationships would be filled with conflict and people would feel unsafe around others.  Respect rests on reciprocity.

  One must show respect so as to be respected.  Unfortunately, some people define respect as treating someone as a person with higher social standing while others define respect as treating someone with courtesy as a fellow human.  A member of the first group might decline to treat someone with courtesy if that person does not show what they feel is proper deference to their position.

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