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Title: What yields respect?
Post by: PickelledEggs on March 04, 2014, 01:16:30 PM
I've been thinking about this a lot lately.

My questions are:
Is there a universal set of credentials for respect?

Is there a general outline or something for how the credentials for respect are made?

Is self respect a factor in how someone respects someone else?




I think there are more questions, but I'm drawing a blank.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Thumpalumpacus on March 04, 2014, 09:06:02 PM
I think the conditions for giving respect are pretty subjective.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Shol'va on March 04, 2014, 09:09:27 PM
^ I agree, not to mention "respect" has many different aspects. My wife may think I'm worthless and I could still be a highly respected individual at my work place.
People also tend to respect different things. Some respect intellect, others respect a closed fist.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: PickelledEggs on March 04, 2014, 09:19:58 PM
I figured as much, that its probably extremely subjective.

I guess though,  is there an underlying thing that makes someone decide how they come up with their standards for respect?

i.e. it through personal experience? is it just hardwired in to our brains?

Obviously no 2 people have the same standards for respect, but is there something that underlies it that causes everyone to come up with those standards no matter how different or alike the standards are?
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: stromboli on March 04, 2014, 10:32:25 PM
Quote from: "Thumpalumpacus"
I think the conditions for giving respect are pretty subjective.

^this.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on March 04, 2014, 10:35:11 PM
Respect is an overused term for sure. Most people believe they're deserving of it merely for being alive, but truth be told it's an earned commodity that can be lost much faster than earned and it is earned regardless of whatever is respected.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: PickelledEggs on March 05, 2014, 04:15:11 AM
Quote from: "AllPurposeAtheist"
Respect is an overused term for sure. Most people believe they're deserving of it merely for being alive, but truth be told it's an earned commodity that can be lost much faster than earned and it is earned regardless of whatever is respected.
Yeah. usually when someone says "his [blank] commands respect" or  "he commands respect" i usually think and say to myself: "no. he's an asshole"
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: camouflage on March 05, 2014, 06:38:46 AM
I concur with the view expressed by everyone else.

Who I respect?
Why I respect them?

If I answer these 2 questions for myself, I get my own idea of respect worthy people and thereby respect. The answers to these questions change with experience (external) and your own morals (internal). And this is again dependent on the the environment you operate in. So generally speaking your environment has a tremendous impact on your standards of respect.

This is what makes the concept of respect very subjective. Because experience, morals and environment differs from person to person.

I don't think self respect has any impact on the standards of respect. I think its the other way round. Your idea of respect impacts your standards of self respect.

Edit: I think parental influence also plays substantial role. But that gets covered in environment.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: SilentFutility on March 06, 2014, 10:03:02 AM
Never mind the fact that respect means different things to different people and is actually a rather vague in that really it means to hold something or someone in high-esteem.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Plu on March 06, 2014, 10:08:00 AM
Yeah it would probably be impossible to even properly define what the word respect means.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: darsenfeld on March 06, 2014, 10:12:28 AM
Respect is earned, not given away.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Shol'va on March 06, 2014, 11:55:05 AM
So you treat everyone else like an asshole by default?
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: darsenfeld on March 06, 2014, 12:16:11 PM
No, there are levels of respect.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Shol'va on March 06, 2014, 03:11:45 PM
How many and how would you rank them?
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Plu on March 06, 2014, 06:05:05 PM
There is such a thing as negative respect I think. The baseline is indifference, but in order to be treated like an asshole you really need to work at collecting negative respect.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: darsenfeld on March 07, 2014, 05:35:47 PM
Quote from: "Shol'va"
How many and how would you rank them?

I share base human respect to all.  So unlike others in this thread, I share respect based on being human.  Why should I not?

I then have more respect for people close like friends, gf, parents, siblings, etc.

IMO, it's human nature.
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Shol'va on March 07, 2014, 06:53:50 PM
So what type of respect is earned?
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: darsenfeld on March 07, 2014, 07:23:14 PM
For non-close relations.  Again, IMO there are levels of respect.

I don't punch or hit strangers because..well they're human and it's human empathy at play..  doesn't mean I'd treat a stranger like my mother, father, sister, brother or girlfriend...
Title: Re: What yields respect?
Post by: Solomon Zorn on March 17, 2017, 08:45:15 PM
I try to respect the respectable, respective of their respectability, reflecting the respect that they reciprocate.