Respect for others, MAinly on self respect

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It is something everyone wants, not many have, and few want to give. Most people would appreciate "just a little bit," and most should give just that. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, this does not happen. Perhaps this is because the concept of respect is not understood. What exactly is respect? To esteem anything is to evaluate it positively and hold it in high regard, but evaluation gets us into trouble because while we sometimes win, we also sometimes lose. To respect something, on the other hand, is to accept it. The dictionary defines it as an act of giving particular attention or high or special regard. This does not explain what it is; it only outlines what it may be. In general, though, respect can be broken down into two main forms.

The first is the respect of others. "Others" includes your peers, teachers, parents, and in general, every single person who you have contact with in your day.

Respect for others is shown in simple ways. It is adding a ma'am or sir to the end of a sentence or obeying you teachers in class and listening. It is the acceptance of someone's ideas and what they stand for. It is what brings people together, and if not used, it is what can tear people apart.

Lastly, and most importantly, one must respect his or herself. This respect is holding your head high and respecting your own opinions. Its acknowledging that you have ideas and then sharing them because you are not afraid of what others may think. It is not letting peer pressure and other things effect the way you think or want to think. Respect for yourself is the most important of all because without it, you would have no respect for others. Self-respect, may...