“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Can we honestly say to ourselves that we have never been guilty of doing this? I believe at some point in our lives, we have lied to ourselves and to those around us, and I don’t think any of us can deny this.
So the big question is, “how is Respect linked to lying or perhaps telling the truth?”. They have everything to do with one another.
Respect is a powerful word and act because by showing it to someone and something, one has humbled oneself in acknowledging the fact that they have the right to exist; have in some way contributed positively to you and society and have the ability to reciprocate the gesture.
Showing Respect is a two-way street and if one party is dishonest or insincere, the word becomes meaningless and you could say the other party will have been taken in. There has to be genuine feeling and regard for one another. In other words, one shouldn’t lie and it has to come from the heart.
Respect has huge social implications. We cannot escape the fact that every second, we are in touch with ourselves, and living in close proximity to fellow humans and nature. So in order to maintain a healthy level of decorum so that all living beings are able to live in peace and harmony, Respect has to be sincerely shown and paid to one another.
So if there’s Respect, what will the outcome be? The answers are obvious and the benefits far reaching. I am sure you’ll be able to list them. But looking at the direction the world is heading, many seem not to care or pay scant attention to its importance. Sadly, we are seeing and experiencing the repercussions of this indifference.
We must, however, never give up hope and we need to constantly remind ourselves of the dire need to exercise this crucial and humble act. It is my sincere hope that through the power of words, we’ll be able to re-ignite the spark that will burn Respect in our hearts, minds and souls. Then we truly have to look and dig deep within ourselves to bring it to the fore.
Please let us resurrect and exercise this crucial and humble act!
A final word, having said the above, there is one vital ingredient needed in Respect to give it deeper meaning and for it to have great effect ... that ingredient is LOVE.
Let’s start inspiring and spreading goodness through the power of words!