A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
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43. Respect

 

Date: Thursday 25th June 2015 18:52

Entry: 46/?

Subject: Respect

 

On this very day I learned about respect. Well, respect was already a cog in my brain but the plethora of a subject was put into motion specifically on this day.

Respect is something that more often than not seems like a meaningful and hard hitting word. If we lack respect we ignore and be impolite to aspects of people or to people as a whole, based upon short insights to their surface image. We claim that we want others to treat us with respect, and we dislike it when others show us disrespect. But what’s the real meaning of the word?

The word respect has a vast range of definitions but in the context of relating to the beliefs of others, the most basic and apt definition is to have “due regard” for the other person’s beliefs.

What does that mean?

‘Due regard’ means paying attention to another person’s beliefs or opinions. To regard something is to look at it. The Latin origin of the word respect also means “to look back.” Respect is just observation. To respect a belief is to observe it — to acknowledge its existence.

In retrospect of that when we meet someone we acknowledge their aspects, which is what respect really is, but then we judge. That gigantic step backwards forms the analogy that the education system indoctrinates. Respect means being polite to someone and accepting them for all flaws even if they come forth to you and stick all of your polite remarks in a place where the sun doesn’t shine.

 

In my opinion respect is earned as well as given.

 

My school feels it worthy to dumb respect down so I will do the same for a moment;

The recipe for Respect;

Ingredients;

-        2 and a quarter cups of patience

-        1 heart full to the brim of love

-        4 handfuls of generosity

-        3 cups of loyalty

-        1 cup of understanding

-        A dash of laughter

Serves all.

Respect is:

Respecting everyone including parents and the authority,

Expressing love

Showing support

Peacefully resolving disputes

Encouraging friends

Caring for people

Telling the truth

 

Personally, I prefer my analogy but hey ho. 

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