The Meaning of Respect

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Most people go through life and always hear about the word respect, but they don’t know what it means. Respect is the esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person. There are things in life you need to hold in respect. Respect for yourself, respect for others, and respect for property. Respect is taught to people everywhere and it is even taught to them in their religions. Respect is the very aspect that keeps everything in your life.

Respect for yourself is very important to a person because it can be the balancing factor of your life. If a person has no respect for themselves the will most likely go into depression. Respecting yourself is also important for your self-esteem. Having a high self-esteem means that people might laugh at you, make fun of you, and yet you don’t get angry or upset because you know you are better than what they say you are. You must be able to hold your head high and be proud of what you do. Respecting yourself also means taking care of your body. It can be the simple things such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and exercising. There are many other factors that might fall into the respecting yourself category, but respecting others is important as well.

Respecting others is also another important aspect of your life because if you respect others they will respect you and more than likely you will become friends. Respect is obeying in class and not being rowdy in the hallway. It is the respect of their ideas and what they stand for. Respect is what brings people together, and if it is not used, it is what can tear people and families apart. Respecting your parents is very important in your life, respecting your parents can be doing something they tell you, like washing the ...

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...t it also means taking care of your environment, Such as not leaving trash on the grass at the park, and that water bottle in the pond. It is not tearing down holiday decorations. It is avoiding animals on the road or stopping to let ducks cross the road. That is respect.

In conclusion respect is wrapped around our day to day lives. A famous philosopher once said “Respect is showing acknowledgement for some ones superiority in a certain field.” You can’t buy, demand, or force people to respect you but you can respect others in order for them to respect you. What people do not understand is that if we use common sense we would be respecting ourselves, respecting others, and respecting property all the time. Respecting yourself, others, and property might not be easy to do but it does have great rewards if you just do it.
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