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Would be Watcher

Location: Canada
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Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Subj: They have mine...
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 09:53:05 pm EDT (Viewed 596 times)
Reply Subj: Respect
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 03:13:23 pm EDT (Viewed 916 times)

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does no one have your respect until they've earned it, or does everyone have your respect until they've done something to countermand it?

...I mean what is respect? It's the recognition of something/someone. Unless someone has been very disrespectful toward me, and I don't mean being polite since it's another animal entirely, I have no reason not to give others what I wished to have by default. I'm not asking any special favor except for others to recognize the existance of (not agree or share) my ideas/fears/preferences etc.

You can replace the word "respect" with "recognize the existance of". Being polite isn't about recognition of anything, it's about etiquette. It's why you can be supremely polite to someone you don't give a damn about and respect someone you hate profoundly and are never polite with. You generally show a lot more respect to your rivals than you do people you have no positive or negative ties with. Even if you oppose them you recognize their competency and the obstacle they represent. You can't deny they exist.

The only persons I would not respect are those who intentionnally ignore my ideas, my fears, me... as if my existance was irrelevant.

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