Respect is an abstract value, as such it has little meaning on its own. It is not a definable object,
as a concept by definition is undefinable. The value of an abstract is given to it by the norms associated
with it. Norms, not being abstract in nature, are definable controls capable of giving meaning to the
abstract. The mind desires norms to add definition to the abstract, making the concept more material.
Unlike many norms defining a concept, the norms defining respect are more often to be a
reciprocated action, in that all associated parties participate in the activity. Norms such as the hand
salute signify the value placed upon both respect and trust, it is an action that crosses generations and
expresses the value of both concepts in that the offering party shows the receiving party that they are
respected enough to be approached unarmed and trusted enough that the offering individual does not
fear the recipient may be armed. The hand salute is then presented by the receiving party, detailing
that the show of trust and respect is mutual. In a culture where signs of respect and trust are offered by
all parties, the demonstrated value and emphasis of the two ideas are that the individuals respect and
trust each other irrevocably.
In society people are expected to act in manners considered respectful. These are actions that
are considered to be both towards the giving of respect, and the garnering of respect. While society as a
whole holds that respect is shown before it is received, it is within society that subcultures form with
One such subculture that offers vast importance to respect is that of the military culture. The
military places such a high regard on respect that it practically demands a value seen by other cultures
as non-demandable. It is through the prostrating of individuals that the military accomplishes this feat.
Acts seen as overtly submissive and disrespectful (towards oneself) in outside cultures are...