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Respect | Virtue

Updated: May 30

This world of ours must avoid becoming a community of fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Respect is fundamentally about recognizing and upholding the inherent dignity of every human being. Each person possesses an intrinsic worth and value that deserves to be honored, simply by virtue of their humanity.

Respecting someone means treating them with esteem and regard, acknowledging their dignity, and seeing them as worthy of ethical treatment. It involves allowing people to have autonomy over their own lives and decisions, while also protecting them from abuse, discrimination, or degrading treatment.

Having dignity means being able to live with a sense of self-respect and being treated by others in a way that does not diminish or demean one's humanity. It is about having one's feelings, wishes, and personal boundaries be considered and valued.

True respect nurtures an environment where people feel safe, accepted for who they are, and able to exist authentically without excessive judgment or oppression. It upholds values like privacy, freedom of expression and belief, due process, and equal moral status under the law.

By respecting each other's dignity, we foster an inclusive society built on compassion, justice and the recognition that all people have the capacity for good and deserving of having their fundamental human worth be affirmed. Dignity and respect cultivate conditions for human thriving on both individual and societal levels.

The Golden Mean:

Too much respect results in blind devotion, a lack of respect manifests as disregard. As leaders we should cultivate the virtue of respect by recognizing the dignity and value of others.

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