respect (page 337)
Use this word with caution. Use it only to apply to “self-respect.” When speaking of “self-respect,” define it as “refusing to lie to oneself and letting all others know of that refusal.” Instead of asking others to “respect me or “show me some respect” ask them “Will you please be courteous?”
Reason: “Courtesy” is a manner of speaking or acting that is designed to help a person give or receive a “pleasant feeling” while interacting with others.
“Respect” is something that you get only by giving it to yourself. The only (true) respect (involving persons) is the respect that each person produces for himself or herself (self-respect). When a person has “self-respect” it cannot be taken away or be infringed upon by others.
The word “respect” may mean many different things to many different people. To some, the word “respect” means to speak and act with something called courtesy. To some, it means not to speak until spoken to. To some, the word “respect” means to speak with favor toward and about the person, creature, or thing involved in the interaction with the person who is speaking.
Example: Anytime that you know that you are not telling yourself the truth, you do not have (self) “respect”.
Questions [to ask yourself]:
- What exactly is “respect”?
- Where does it come from?
- Do people produce “respect” or is it delivered from some unknown source within, or without, the known universe?
- Is it correct for a person to depend on another person to “supply” him or her with “respect”?
- Is it possible to “disrespect” a person if he or she has “self-respect”?
- If a person has “self-respect, why would he or she try to get “respect” from others?
- If a person has “self-respect” what “type of “respect” would he or she need from others that would be better than the “respect” that he or she has “produced” for him or her self?
- Does “showing respect” mean avoiding contact with those whom you “respect” the most – or does it mean trying to have as much contact as you can with them?
- When, exactly, is a person being “disrespected”?
- Is being “disrespected” the same as being “mistreated”?
- Is it possible to “disrespect” a person who has “self-respect”?
- If so, is it better to “get respect” from others than to supply oneself with “self-respect”?
- What, exactly is “self-respect”?
- How does a person know for certain when he or she does not have “self-respect”?
- Is “self-respect” the only form of “respect” worth having?
- If not, what “type” of “respect” is better?
- What person in the known universe has a “supply” of “respect” that you would like to have for yourself?
- Do you intend to “beg”, “borrow”, “buy”, “rob”, or “steal” the amount of “respect“ that you believe others should supply you with?
- If not, how will you get it?
- If so, how will you know that you have it, when you have it, and what will be the “true value” of it, if and when you know that you have it?
- Is it possible to “have respect” and at the same time, be subject to, and / or be a Victim of The System of White Supremacy (Racism)?
- If so, how?
- If so, “respect” from what “source”?
- If so, what is the value of that “respect”?
- If so, what will the value of that “respect” produce?
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