(The following post On Respect by Arthur Dobrin recently appeared on psychologytoday.com. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
There can be no respect without self-respect.
There can be no self-respect without respecting others.
Respect honors the uniqueness of each person.
Allow each other the right to make his or her own decisions.
Nourish, encourage, cooperate:
These are the ways to respect.
Honesty, kindness, respect:
These are the paths to the sacred.
When you value the important things, you respect yourself.
By respecting others you find value in yourself.
Resentment hinders self-respect.
Therefore, self-respect requires quieting the fires of resentment.
Here is the source of self-respect:
Hold yourself to your highest self.
Self-respect begins with accepting responsibility for yourself.
Responsibility includes acting responsibly in the larger world.
Self-respect and respect for others go hand-in-hand.
Respect others and they will respect your.
Respect is the foundation of a good society.
From respect flows consideration.
From considerations flows justice.
Justice is the basis of a good society.