I found a couple of definitions I feel sum up respect-"A sense of worth of a person, a personal quality or ability". The one that really rings true for me- " proper acceptance or courtesy". It seems to me the level of respect people have has declined.
You hear words like "respect your elders", "respect the office", "respect others feelings", "respect your parents", "respect the flag", "respect others" ,"respect yourself"- Yet day in and day out we hear- on the internet or on television or the radio or in our own lives- about different events, actions, stories of total disrespect.
Has respect been watered down, lost or have we just forgotten how to?
It seems to me many events ( such as Ferguson and NYC and so many others) where people have died-many lives negatively affected, people abused, property destroyed-issues brought up tend to concern race and procedures- but what doesn't seem to be talked about much is the level of respect that was not achieved. People not respecting authority, or values, each other, themselves... life.
On so many levels - rights, how people live, where people are in there lives, personal property, authority, and even personal beliefs and values- were not and are not respected when all these situations arise. And when these situations do arise emotions run off the charts and when emotions run of the charts people do not think clearly and the cycle of disrespect continues.
Now is respect the only answer to all of the worlds problems,NO, but it is a huge step in the right direction.
As a people-the human race- if we can create a "proper acceptance and courtesy" for authority, values, beliefs, rights, and cultures of all we encounter then the beginning of the end of all the detrimental "crap" can happen! A LITTLE respect can go a LONG way!
WE ARE THE DIFFERENCE!!!