The universe supports the spiritual good in ordinary people over the tyranny of small minds. A lot of spiritual good rests in ordinary people. They are quicker to empathise and readier to help without expectation in return. There is an existing tyranny of small minds —–people who an bully their way through, get away with bad behaviour and belittle others. Those who are incompetent have the notion that they are the centre of the universe and that the whole world revolves around them, even though reality keeps reminding them otherwise. Hence, they push others around, because they want their will to prevail over everything else. In history, many dictators have suffered from the same delusion. it is true in the daily context of daily life, where small minds exercise a stranglehold on others in offices, institutions, including religious ones. To treat others equally, it is important to respect their dignity, worth and views, even if they contradict our own.
Humanity has survived, not because of superior military power, but because of the good that continues to be done by good ordinary people. We do not live in more enlightened times, as we like to believe. A ‘use and throw’ culture thrives today, and people do not feel guilty to exploit others. All religions speak about equality, but in practice it is very different. We must learn to respect people working at different levels of society —-clerks, sweepers, cleaners — and show gratitude for the work they do. Yet you find that orphans smile, the differently-abled pick themselves up again and again and the unskilled labourer works honestly and with dedication. This shows that the universe is still supporting them, helping them survive the tyranny of small minds.
RESPECT is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific action and conduct representative of that esteem. RESPECT can be a special feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of RESPECT.
DISRESPECT, whereas actions that honour somebody or something indicate RESPECT. Respect for tradition, and legitimate authority is identified by Jonathan Haidt, a professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, as one of the five fundamental MORAL VALUES, shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals. RESPECT can be both given and/or received. Chivalry, by some definitions, contains the outward display of RESPECT. RESPECT should not be confused with TOLERANCE.
Quotes on Respect : —
(1) Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him. We should also RESPECT the enemy in our friend. —Friedrich Nietzsche.
(2) To the living we owe RESPECT, but to the dead we owe only the truth. —Voltaire.
(3) I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could RESPECT.—J. D. Salinger.
(4) Knowledge will give you power, but character RESPECT. —Bruce Lee.
(5) I want to be very close to someone I RESPECT and admire, and have somebody who feels the same way about me. —Richard Bach.
(6) A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents, will not have true RESPECT for anyone. —Billy Graham
(7) I look for these qualities and characteristics in people. Honesty is number one, RESPECT, and absolutely the third would be loyalty. —Summer Altice.
(8) Without feelings of RESPECT, what is there to distinguish men from Beasts ? —Confucius.
(9) RESPECT ……..is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.
(10) I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me…..All I ask is that you RESPECT me as a human being. —Jackie Robinson.
(11) One of the most sincere forms of RESPECT is actually listening to what another has to say. —Bryant H. McGill.
(12) There is no RESPECT for others without humility in oneself. —Henri Frederic Amiel.
(13) When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will RESPECT you. —Lao Tzu
(14) RESPECT for ourselves guides our morals, RESPECT for others guides our manners. —Laurence Sterne.
(15) Everyone should be RESPECTED as an individual, but no one idolized. —Albert Einstein.
(16) RESPECT is what we owe; love what we give.—Philip James Bailey.
(17) SELF-RESPECT is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. —Abraham Joshua Heschel.
(18) I firmly believe that RESPECT is a lot more important, and a lot greater than popularity. —Julius Erving.
(19) Being brilliant is no great feat if you RESPECT nothing. —Goethe.
(20) I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no RESPECT. —Edward Gibbon.