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What Respect Means to Me

By KAPPI
Published: March 12, 2014

By Sarah, Knoxville high school student

Respect can be best put by the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Respect is treating people with honor whether they deserve it or not. Respect is loving people who you don’t think should be loved. Respect is treating everyone as an equal. To me, respect is caring for someone and showing it through your words, actions and behaviors.

Think of someone you respect. My example is my parents. They may not always like the things I do, but they still love me. They do what is best for me no matter what. They treat me in the best way possible. In return, I love and respect them back. My parents loving and caring for me no matter what I do is the true definition of respect to me.

Respect can be felt if it is genuine. You may show genuine respect by even simple things like using your manners and saying “sir,\" “ma’am,\" “please,\" and “thank you.\" Another way to show respect in your language is by not gossiping. If it’s not helpful, and you would not want to say it to someone’s face, don’t say it at all. Respect is also shown by not judging someone based on appearance or biases. You may want to judge someone by how they look, but what really matters is what‘s on the inside.

The best way to show respect is by being courteous and following the golden rule. Respect is loving someone, honoring someone, and treating everyone as an equal, even when it’s hard. You can show genuine respect in your words and by your behavior toward others. The way to showing and giving respect can be best summed up by Albert Einstein, \"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. Speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

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