Demonstrating Self Respect Essay

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How would the world differ without respect? Respect is the act of showing someone that you value his or her feelings and thoughts. Respect is a universal value that each person desires not only to embody, but also to receive. Respect is not just what you say but also the way you act. Showing people that you take their feelings and thoughts into consideration are how to earn respect. If you demonstrate respect toward others, then others will respect you and listen to your opinions.
Respect begins with self-respect and then extends to the respect of others. Self-respect occurs only when you listen to yourself and place your opinions and feelings are before others. The more you value yourself, the more you know that you are worth…show more content…

In school, showing respect to staff and students encourages them to portray their own ideas by creating an open, comfortable environment. By showing respect in school, you can encourage kindness and honor, instilling the worth and enhancing the self-esteem of every student.
My parents talk about core values at work to me and my brother and one of these values is respect. Then I researched other companies and found that respect was one of their core values, indicating that even corporate America believes in the significance of respect. I believe that corporate America is right including respect as one of the core values because by demonstrating respectful behavior it can have a high impact on everything in the workplace such as efficiency, safety, productivity, speed, and trust.
Everyone deserves respect regardless of their race, age, religion, or status. I learned this when I went to India a couple of years ago. My family and I were having dinner at a restaurant and a homeless family came into the restaurant for shelter from the pouring rain outside. The manager of the restaurant yelled and callously told the homeless family to leave. People turned toward them to see what had happened as the mother told the manager that he had to show people some respect. The argument between the manager and the women caused disturbance in the restaurant the customers grew uncomfortable at witnessing such

One of the best ways to show respect for someone is to truly listen to another’s point of view. Obviously, we’ll not always agree with one another on every topic (and you should never adopt a point of view with which you do not agree), but we should allow each other to have and express our own views – regardless of whether we agree with them or not. 

“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.”
Bono

Keep this in mind: you owe everyone a basic level of respect for being a fellow human being, but your level of respect for others will vary from person to person. Just like your self-respect will grow as you master the ideals discussed above, your level of respect for others will vary depending upon your view of them and their own self-respect. 

There’s nothing wrong with affording some people greater respect than others. You should be kind and polite to everyone – no question about that. But for obvious reasons, some of us simply deserve more respect than others. For example, I think we would all agree that a consistently honest person deserves more respect than a habitual liar. So, always be kind, polite and afford a basic level of respect for your fellow man, but you shouldn’t afford beyond basic respect to those who aren’t working on ideals you believe to be important.

Respect is one of mankind’s most noble sentiments. The highest levels of respect are always earned – never given. This is true of self-respect as well as respect for others. Before granting the highest level of self-respect or respect for others, make sure the person is worthy of the honor. 

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals;
respect for others guides our manners.”
Laurence Stone

Written by Shawn Jackson 

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