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"You Earn Respect, It is Not A Right", Do You Agree Or Disagree?
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Posted 1/21/15
I think there is a wording problem, as many commentators are considering that respect = politeness.

If I refer to my favorite dictionary, respect is a feeling of esteem for someone and politeness is showing good manners.

Obviously you'll be polite with someone you respect. But as obviously you can be polite with someone you don't know, or even with someone you despise. And I believe it would be difficult to feel esteem for someone who did nothing.

That being said, respect is earned and politeness is expected from start.

Posted 1/21/15
I believe in having a certain amount of 'base' respect for anyone. That respect doesn't go far though; it merely entertains the notion that we are both sentient beings with feelings. I think 'real' respect is earned, however.
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Posted 1/21/15
Politeness is different from respect, but politeness is... well the show or outward manifestation of respect. You can be polite to someone and have no respect for them, and you can be polite to people as a sort of "default setting" that's relatively neutral, and you can be rude and full of smartassery to a person you have great respect for.

I'd agree that people and even things are treated with a default "neutral" respect, and then either gain or lose it from there. The funny thing is that there's no "negative respect" linguistically despite there being a sense of the neutral default being a sort of zeroed out setting.
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Posted 1/21/15
The way i feel about this is by saying that perhaps you should behave like a normal human being and not be a dick to people that have been here longer than you. Anyone else though, just dont be a dick and anything more than that then they are welcomed to earn it.
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Posted 1/21/15
There should always be the default respect you give to others out of courtesy. Actual respect is formed as you evaluate the person's actions and attitudes towards certain things etc. so in a sense, but it's an outdated statement nonetheless
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Posted 2/25/15
Respect is earned through giving respect to others
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Posted 2/25/15
The way I see it, there's different levels of respect. The respect you would show a stranger would be like a common courtesy and generally not being a douche bag, whereas true respect is something to be earned.
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Posted 2/25/15 , edited 2/25/15
I don't believe that.

Respect should be given freely until someone shows that they no longer deserve it.

None of us are so special that anyone needs to do anything to "earn" anything from us. This sort of thinking is too individualistic. If everyone followed this train of thought, nobody would respect anyone and people would be just scattered islands waging war on one another.
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Posted 2/26/15
I believe you have to earn it. If your an asshole then I'm not gonna respect you, same goes when I play games like L4D, if your a good person and nice then I'll be nice back but if your a cunt well.... that medkit that I have isn't going to you
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Posted 2/26/15
i don't respect any of you
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I'm generally pleasant with everyone until people open their mouths because I don't know them. Then I either respect them more or respect them less for the things say and do..
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Posted 2/26/15
Of course respect is earned, not given. It's like I play multiplayer TCGs...

If you want a fair, fun game, I will use a more laid-back and not so "in your face" deck. I play a pretty nice (if moderately) aggressive game and meet my opponents on the field of battle. I don't care how long it takes; we're all gentlemen and gentlewomen, so let's just have fun with it. I respect my opponents by not holding back, but it's not because victory is my sole aim. If you want to play a game with everyone, well... let's play.

On the other hand...

If you run a deck designed solely to win (esp. in a format where there's no big prize at stake), make it so nobody else gets to do anything, one-shot people, etc. I will show you no respect and use one of my two decks designed solely to be as sadistic as possible. I still don't win because I piss off EVERYONE playing that way, but I make the tryhards miserable as I shut down their favorite instant-kills and infinite loops, and it is glorious. If you'd rather play (the game) with yourself, I got no respect for ya.

So respect is kind of a given unless you lose it, I guess? I think that's fair.
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Posted 2/26/15 , edited 2/26/15
It's not necessary to make this technical. It's a trick question since there are two kinds of respect. The one you give, and (the more important one) the one you earn.

The words "polite" and "respect" don't share the same definition but share the same concept.

You give respect to receive respect. You act a certain way to be treated a certain way.

When your Mom's co-worker says "hi," and you say "sup," and your mom smacks you in the head and says "show some respect", you say hello and shake the person's hand. Both polite and respectful.

It's a right to receive respect as a human being, but the respect you actually earn is definitely more valuable. Good luck getting a job in a real career workplace when you can't show your jerk boss some respect.



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Posted 2/26/15
Respect: Much like money you must work hard to earn it to get the full extent of its use.
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Posted 2/26/15
So according to that guy, we treat each other like shit until we otherwise prove we deserve respect? Lol, no. It's the other way around. I'll treat you kindly until you try to shank my liver, then I guess I'll be rude to you.
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