What a horrible thing it is to think that a person is ever more than just a person. The world is full of people who are constantly imagining and constantly being misimagined.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Hmm, Respect.


To respect a person is not possible without knowing him; care and responsibility would be blind if they were not guided by knowledge. 

As I see it, respect is something that is earned. One earns another's respect by voluntarily doing the things I mentioned above, such as taking that person's feelings, needs and thoughts into consideration.
Respect seems to be like a boomerang in the sense that you must send it out before it will come back to you. Respect cannot be demanded or forced, though sometimes people mistakenly believe that it can, fear and respect are two different things, two different entities if you will. Respect is something that requires dilligence and good amount of faith because to respect is to acknowledge and to accept. Without acceptance you cannot know, and without knowledge you cannot learn. You learn from the people you respect and you treat them with that security. Someone you respect is someone who makes you strong, better. Someone you respect you do the HONOR of not lying too, of not betraying. Respect cannot be faked, no matter how hard. Fake respect is misplaced honesty and virtue, respect for someone allows you to trust them and trust means no lies, no fallacies. Respect is something that cannot be forced, forced respect is fear and fear leads to hurt and pain. Someone you respect should never make you feel pain, betrayal, or disappointment. You cannot gain respect for a liar, liars are the epitome of evil. Why? Because lying requires lack of conscience. A lack of conscience allows someone to utterly detach themselves from reality and do what they know will hurt. Respect is something hard to come by, people think that you demand, push aside, MAKE respect. You can't. Respect is from the heart, a heart cannot be molded or broken into what someone else may want, a heart is unique to it's owner and a heart that can feel is a heart that can respect.

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