A Lesson in Respect

“There is a longing among all people to have a sense of purpose and worth.  To satisfy that common longing in all of us, we must respect each other.” – Chief Dan George

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Discussion Prompt:  Name three types of prejudice that often lead to disrespect for others.

Writing Prompt:  What happens to people’s sense of worth when they feel targeted with disrespect and hatred, or excluded because they are different?  What are three things you could do to promote respect and tolerance in your work or school environment?

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21 thoughts on “A Lesson in Respect

  1. When someone feels unappreciated or ignored, they tend to feel lonely and unworthy.To be treated lesser then another just because of your skin color,intelligence, or your gender tends to destroy a persons self-esteem. To be hated for what is not in your control is like hating dogs because they tend to be protective of their owners, to hate because of natural occurrences.Everyone can learn to better respect another with simple communication. Talk to someone before you judge them by they they look or talk.Instead of judging and hating others because they may have more then you, they might be a lot more generous then you think.It’s as simple as shaking another’s hand to see eye to eye instead of simply brushing them off as different from yourself.

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    1. When people are targeted with less consideration or ostracized for their differences, they feel worthless, unappreciated, not worthy of being who they are. Three things that I believe can promote respect and consideration of others are remembering that you’d feel bad if someone were to do it to you, that if you give kindness, kindness is reciprocated, and wouldn’t it personally feel better to be a nice person than a mean one.

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    2. When people are targeted for being different it could hurt their self-worth simply because someones opinion of them is negative. Nobody wants to be disliked for something beyond their control. Three things to exercise kindness and respect are smiling easily, communicating with genuine appreciation and remembering that everyones different so smile because of the differences.

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  2. When people feel that others are being disrespectful they sense the hate from people, and maybe a sign of hurt. Three things you can do to show respect in our work and school environment would opening the doors for someone , or help someone when they need a hand and lastly, take the time out of your day to have a conversation with someone that you see sitting by themselves. That will make their day.

    Opening the doors for someone will show a huge amount of respect. Imagine if you see someone going to open the door and then the door just shuts in your face. That would mke you feel a certain type of way. It only takes a few seconds to open the door. Be a helping hand. Why? Because if you see someone struggling to get in the door then help them out don’t just watch them struggle. You would not want someone watching you struggle and you have no help whats so ever. Lastly, Take the time to have a good conversation with someone that seems to be down and their just sitting by themselves. That would be a way to brighten there day.

    Just doing the little things will show a whole lot of respect.

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  3. People who going through rough suffering from a sickness, or family member suffering , or whatever it may be. Suffering from hard times for those people its a feeling nobody want . Everybody in this world are disrespectful toward anybody and for the ones that’s eel or whatever they going through they can since a target that your rudeness is toward them because either they not you or can’t do what you do . For my opinion its not right because people go through stuff in this world that’s so hard to handle and they don’t need no disrespect toward them.

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  4. When people get disrespected quite often and treated differently because they may be a little different they feel less than everyone else. They don’t matter as much as people that are treated with respect everyday and aren’t so different. People get disrespected because they don’t think the same way and they are different. Some people aren’t use to different so they treat people who are like they aren’t as valuable or important. Now if we knew why those people think the way they do and why they are different we would probably treat them with more respect. We judge as a society without knowing their story, which isn’t fair.
    Three things I can do to promote respect is first of all just respect others. Hopefully people will follow the example. Another thing is don’t talk badly about people because you have no idea what that person has gone through or is going through. Thirdly, I can be patient with others which helps with tolerance, If I’m patient with someone than I can try to tolerate them. Showing respect may be hard for some people because they had a bad day but remember not to take it out on anyone else because they might me having a more worse day.

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  5. What happens to a persons sense of worth when they are continually targeted by disrespect along with hatred , All because of them being different is that the may start to disvalue there selves in a way. They may feel a sense of overall unworthiness an self petty.Which could eventually cause them to shut down so to speak or act out just to receive some attention.You should never dislike anyone just because or off of the things you’ve heard. speak to them , Try to understand them. Then choose to except them off of whether there a good person or not.You will find that everyone’s different an to create a over all better society we should except every one’s difference, An not try to change them but change your way of thinking.

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  6. Well, what happens when someone is treated with disrespect or hatred is they generally retaliate with hatred .The only way to get respect and tolerance is to earn it. You can’t take it and don’t expect it to be given to you because it won’t be. No one just gives you respect it has to be earned. For example, I have seen a student talk down and talk disrespectfully and received disrespect; the student would talk down to people and talk as if he was better that everyone else and would act as if everything he did was better than you and would expected respect in return, however it doesn’t work like that. To receive respect you have to give and earn it, not just talk anyway you want to other people and receive respect just because.

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  7. evryone, everyware, deals with thier own issues on a day to day basis. some worse then others. serious issues, minor issues and so on. some people have put up with so much that they are on the edge of breaking. This video was a great illustration of, how people look on the outside really means nothing. i believe anyone and everyone could learn from this video. learn to be polite to people because you never know that one little “hi” or “how are you” could really lift someones spirit and give them that little push they need. but in turn that one little rude comment could be just enough to break someone. so remember try to be polite and dont judge people before you get to know them.

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  8. You never know what someone is dealing with outside of the work/school area. They could have a lot of negative or positvie things going on, but your never going to know unless they talk to you about it and chances are they wont. Thats why we have something called respect, thats why disrespect is so rude. The smallest rude comment could break someone and your not going to understand why they just flipped out on you because it wasnt that bad. But thats the last thing they need is some inmaturity going arond. Respect is just being polite, respectfull, and keeping in mind everyone has their own problems. Even if someone is disrespectful to you, you should still respect them so you dont put them down even more and make them feel worse about what is going on, or just themself. A way we could remind people to stay respectful would be making sure they know what respect is. Making sure people always think about how you dont know what others are going threw. Also by leading with your own actions of respect.

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  9. Prejudice usually comes from fear or a dislike of another party’s beliefs, personal views and appearence. When someone is being disrespected, their self worth seems to change whether it is a positive or negative impact. Negative chances could cause someone to be more insecure about themself and lose confidence in onesself. The other positive way it could affect someone is make them stronger, emotionally and psycologically. To push them to try and work harder and stand out of a crowd. Nobody is always going to respect everyboby else all the time, that is just what makes everybody human. I’m not saying that prejudice can be a good thing because its not. However, people can make an effort to restrain from predjudice by being respectful, having a sense of empathy, and having the will to do the right thing, morally.

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  10. In some occasions I notice that some people may feel unlike or hated by a group of people in their surroundings. They may feel like they are different from other people because people tend to let out their anger at the ones that don’t even have part of it and they leave them hurt. Many times these people that are rude either have things that they are going through and don’t have any other way to resolve it but what I think we could so to fix this problem that goes around everywhere, would be to comfort the ones that feel like they don’t belong, not just leave them alone. I think schools should talk to their students about the importance of respecting each other.

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  11. A lot of people now a days feel a bit insecure about themselves, which causes them to feel worthless or unlike by many people. And other times the ones that feel like that bring other people down because they don’t know what else to do with the way they feel, so they let out their anger on innocent people. They end up saying things they didn’t want to or things that they keep bottled up , but regardless it is still rude. I think that school should talk to the kids about respect and how its not okay to be rude to people cause you never know what they can be going through.

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  12. people who are degraded and spoken badly about most likely feel like their life has no point or purpose. being a “bully” is not anyway to treat some one. respecting people is what this world runs off of. if everyone disrespected each other this world would be even crappier than it is today. keep in mind when you talk about some one that you don’t know what they have been through, seen, or done. before you criticize anyone put your self in there shoes and then say something.

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  13. in this day and age there is alot of people that start negitive conversations with people.That causes them to think they are worthless and the people just keep putting them down. They get hated at school or their job. People talk down other people all the time. It can even be from a talking to them one time and not even get to know them at all. their could be stuff going on at home and they wouldnt even know it. there should be a some kind of class in schools. That should teach the importance of respect and to just turn away from the negitive talk and go talk to more positive people!!!!!

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  14. When people feel excluded or put down because they are different, they tend to go into a downward spiral. They start to believe the insults about themselves. They start to think that they are lame, or stupid, or ugly. They think that now their life has no purpose and they give up. They give up on life. They could even get depressed. Even if you didn’t mean those insults, the fact that you took the time out of your day to put that person down will make them think you meant it. The ‘victim’ could start to harm themselves, or others. Or they become a bully too. That’s what happens when a person becomes a target of hatred.

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  15. Prejudice against anyone can be defined simply as IGNORANCE! Just because doesn’t look the same as you, talk the same as you, have as much money as you, doesn’t drive a nice car like you, doesn’t mean at all that they should be frowned upon or feel like an outcast. And this prejudice epidemic is still haunting not only our schools but the work place still to this day.
    For starters, no matter how hard they pretend or act as if it doesn’t bother them. There is hurt in the heart of every person who’s different and is targeted with disrespect or hatred. For many of those people their self-value and overall self-worth begins to diminish because of the hatred targeted towards them. For example, the young human mind acts as a sponge and absorbs everything and processes everything it hears. So with the hatred and disrespect flowing around, kids begin to conform to that and live in that mind state.
    Also, there are several things you could do to promote respect and tolerance in school or at work. For example, in schools many kids may be look at different or become an outcast because of the clothes he/she may wear, in this case if all schools were on a strict uniform policy. This idea could potentially contract these particular problems. Also, with the work standpoint many people may frown upon you because of your social class. In this case you would just have to make yourself more open or friendly, if you don’t like that idea and want to be to yourself then that’s fine too. But be confident in who you are.
    Although this problem may not be as popular here at MTI it’s still a problem and we as the generation of the future need to break the cycle.
    “WE ARE ONE, YOU AND I. WE
    ARE LIFE BENEATH THE SKY
    ONE FAMILY UNDER THE SUN”
    – Excerpt from a song from Lion King

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  16. When people are mistreated and or targeted by acts of hatred whether it be physical or mental our feeling of self-worth diminishes. Being verbally abused because of our gender , weight, or pigment can make us have feelings of low self esteem. What most people don’t realize when there being hateful and putting other people down is the way the person or in some cases person’s there targeting feels being treated that way and how low self-esteem and low self worth can lead to depression and in some instances suicide. Disrespect, Hatred and prejudice is no joke and are not topics that should be taken lightly.
    There are numerous way’s we can raise awareness for anti-hate. 1). Don’t just say it actually do it. Give everyone the same amount of respect and attention that we give our family or close friends. 2) Be apart of anti-prejudice groups that help spread the word that being prejudice or hateful towards people has negative side effects and leads to deteriorating mental health in people who get this kind of hate on a daily basis. 3) Promote it to your friends and family, teach them the importance of giving everybody the same respect and not excluding people because they may be “different”.
    I don’t personally know how it feels to be mistreated or treated with less respect than others but I’ve seen it happen to people all throughout the time I’ve been in grade school. I’ve seen the diminishing effects it’s had on my peers around me self-esteem. When people have low self-worth they carry themselves differently than maybe the kids that are labeled “popular” or “cool” because they think here not as good as them or everybody values those kids more than them. I’ve befriended multiple people who have been treated like they aren’t “good enough” I’ve seen the underlying effects disrespect, hate, and prejudice can have on a person. Raising awareness is key to helping stop prejudice and disrespect for good.
    Putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes and thinking about how they feel is a good way to be able to tell some things you or other people say may not be taken as lightly as how you mean them. Giving everyone the same amount of respect and not excluding them will help there self-esteem and possibly make them not feel as bad about prior hate. We need to promote how being prejudice and saying hateful things can lead to bad mental health in the people we say these things to or mistreat. I believe everyone should be treated equally no matter our gender, skin color, or pigment.

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  17. Respect is a vital characteristic in the world today. Not only to make a great first impression, but to put you higher on the pedestal society has set for us. Granted, not everyone was raised the same but typically children learn respect from either a parent/guardian, a teacher, mentor, etc. EVERYONE has learned respect, or at least knows the textbook definition to it. A person acting out of disrespect has NO reflection on the way their parent has raised them, but every reflection on the true intentions of that person. There are various amounts of precedent cases that involve such large amounts of hatred towards another kid that they believe suicide was the only option. Why pick on someone because of their type of makeup? Their type of hairstyle, their type of music, or clothes or the way that they talk. Everyone’s indifferent to one another, that’s what makes us unique individuals. To promote respect and tolerance on school campus: SPEAK UP, let a teacher or a parent know how uncomfortable people are making you, administrators are there for YOU! Help a friend! If you see someone being picked on, or crying, or stressed, don’t ignore them. You may think that it’s none of your business but the presence of a “friend” could change a whole lot. “There is a longing among all people to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing in all of us, we must respect each other.” -[Chief Dan George] TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED! If you don’t want to be picked on or bullied, give the next person the same amount of common courtesy.

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  18. the thing that happen to people sense of worth when they are targeted with disrespect and hatred for being different would make would hurt someone inside so much that they would feel like they are unwanted on this earth so sometimes they commit suicide of do bad things such as join gangs, do drugs to ease the pain and probably go and kill everyone that hurt him then turn the gun on himself. the best way to prevent it is to make everyone see that we are all the same no matter what race we are, how much we weigh, and how much money we have by putting eachother in someone elses shoes they would see what they are going through and wouldn’t want to put that person or anyone else in that position.

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  19. What is sense of worth and why is it important. And why do we want to feel that we are worth something in life. But it’s when we are targeted with disrespect that are sense of worth go’s down. So how can we promote respect and tolerance in your work or school environment. There many ways and some are small and other are huge. But I have three thing that can promote respect and tolerance.
    Let’s begin with a quote from Bruce lee “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” This is true what you do and how you act that how people will see you. Example of this is good character equals respect a bad character equal no respect. Now let’s begin first thing one must do in order to promote respect is dress and act with respect and what I mean by this is dress well make yourself look presentable make people that look at you want to hire you for a job, I mean come on I think it’s about time for some of us to pick up our pants, but not only dress nice but act kind also for example make eye contact, shake hands, and speak with some intelligence. Secondly always be helpful and be kind to others, if you see someone struggling with a heavy box or grocery walk over and help you never know who that person may be. Lastly the most important one have a good work ethic show people that you would rather die on the treadmill then let the person next to you beat you and I don’t mean this literally but you get the idea work harder and smart then the person next to you picture yourself succeeding in life that what I did. Never be afraid to fail and to take a chance that’s what got me here in MTI wanting to do better in life. and with these three thing you can promote respect and with this I end with a quote again from Bruce lee “ If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

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