Finding the Meanning of Respect

Finding the Meanning of Respect


In three seperate dictionaries, respect is defined as a regard for or appreciation of the worth or

value of someone or something. In my opinion, respect goes far beyond this definition. Respect is

the cornerstone of the society in which we live. Although many look at respect as simply treating

another person or thing with kindness, this word has many different aspects. For instance, I would

not give an elder the same type of respect that I would give my peers or myself. Respect is not

considered a neccessity in this world but, I can’t imagine a person getting very far in life without

this virtue.

It is something everyone wants, not many have, and few want to give. Most people would

appreciate "just a little bit," and most should give just that. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this

does not happen. Perhaps this is because the concept of respect is not understood. What exactly

is respect? The dictionary defines it as an act of giving particular attention or high or special

regard. This does not explain what it is; it only outlines what it may be. Most [pic]people

would appreciate getting respect from others but do [pic]people actually give respect. Unfortunately,

a lot of the time, this does not happen. Perhaps, [pic]people just don't recognize that they aren't giving

respect. So, what is the definition of respect exactly? The Oxford dictionary defines respect as

'deferential esteem felt or shown towards a person or quality.' Does that actually explain what

respect really is? Respect can be broken down to many topics.

The most important form of respect in my eyes is self-respect is probably the most important

value for a person. It is said that in order to earn the respect of others, a person needs to learn to

treat oneself with respect. I think that self-respect has a lot to do with one’s self-esteem. Self-

esteem is an opinion of one’s own worth. For example, a girl that...

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