Virtue and Respect

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It is something everyone wants, not many have, and few want to give. Some people would appreciate having a little bit of respect from others, and some should make efforts to show some more respect. Unfortunately, this does not happen all the time. Maybe this is because respect is not clearly understood. What is respect? The dictionary defines it as an act of giving particular attention or high or special regard. Another definition shows respect as a feeling or attitude of admiration and deference toward somebody or something. This does not explain completely what it is, but at least it gives us an idea about what it may be. As a matter of fact, there are many forms of respect. Some people say that you should give respect to everyone. Other people say that respect should be earned. I think that respect is a two way street. To get respect you have to give respect. Respect is neither a right nor a privilege; it is something that you earn over time through your actions. Earned respect builds a stronger relationship between people, can be more specific then demanded respect, and is more stable than demanded respect. Also, true respect must be built on experience, and therefore it is not right to just demand it. Earned respect builds relationship between people. When another person earns your respect you work harder to have that same respect returned to you. I think this is very true among teachers and their students. If a teacher sits and yells at the kids, that is not showing them respect. I think that respect is taught by example, as most good things are. The main thing is to treat other people how you would like to be treated. Most people, when treated decently will treat others the same way. I think that respect is hard to give when someone does not give it back to you. Being a teenager, it is very hard to get respect. People tend to think that since we are young, that we do not deserve respect and I tend to disagree. Respect, especially in...
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