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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    If you treat a person with respect, you automatically treat that person with dignity. You can't have one without the other.Look at how ludicrous that would be: The man has no dignity, but I respect him. Or, The man is not respected, but he does have dignity.
    It's like saying "He is a great man in every aspect except that he is also a psychotic monster."
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    • Posted by 2 months, 3 weeks ago
      “If you treat a person with respect, you automatically treat that person with dignity.”
      I tend to agree. Funny thing is, I typically find that the word “respect” is commonly used by the right and the word “dignity” is commonly used by the left, whereas the word “dignity” is often avoided by the right and the word “respect” is often avoided by the left.
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    • Posted by Herb7734 2 months, 3 weeks ago
      I have just realized what nonsense I have posted. The examples I gave proved the opposite of my intent. These "golden years" have turned out to be fool's gold.
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  • Posted by Lucky 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    How to feed your cat:

    With dignity- Wear the servant uniform, use a silver plate, bow when presenting the dish, lower your eyes before the superior creature, place a crown on the cat's head, scratches from the cat are an admirable symbol of service to be displayed with stoicism.

    With respect- Make some attempt to maintain the same time for meals, plate is clean as all of yours are, if the cat does not like the expert's recommended brand of tuna try something else, if the cat scratches wear gloves.
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  • Posted by salta 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    The distinction is only the viewpoint...
    Respect is given by the person treating another with dignity.
    Dignity is felt by the person receiving respect.
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  • Posted by GaryL 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Why do some here feel like political affiliations, Right or Left, have anything to do with how we treat one another? I, like many here, have friends that lean both ways and I treat them all with respect and dignity even though my left leaning friends are bordering on lunacy.
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Love thecat comparison, as the owner of three cats and a Sheltie who all get along. Cats demand respect, or you will pay for it. They project dignity.
    You can only treat a person with respect, if their actions have earned it from yuo, then it is in degrees. Dignity is something you observe in another person, it comes from within. It is not as common as respect. Some may say they have it, but it is wishful thinking. It comes from living ones life authentically, being their own best, and allowing others to do likewise. It is rarely found in Hollywood or DC.
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  • Posted by evlwhtguy 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    These are not the same thing. Respect is earned, Dignity is just something that people in a civil society owe one another. I realize that owing someone something as a person in civil society goes somewhat counter to objectivist philosophy....but it is a pragmatic thing to do as treating people otherwise may engender hatred and there is no value in doing that, so i would consider it to be a reasonable thing for an objectivist to do.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Respect refers to admiration for someone because of their qualities or achievements.
    Dignity refers to the state of being worthy or honorable.

    Outside of those 180 opposed to the ideals of humanity...like a beheading islamist and a charity worker, I think there is plenty inbetween to always call for dignity.

    Respect is a whole other matter...it should be earned but by who's rules.

    However, I have neither for the current leftest actors...for them and a beheading islamist, a cold blooded killer, rapper, a pedophile I could not imagine treating them with dignity...in my observation, they haven't earned that either...
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  • Posted by  $  puzzlelady 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    It is dignified to treat others with courtesy. Your self-respect lends you dignity. Respect others until they give you reason not to. Even then, don't lose your dignity by becoming contemptuous yourself. Set a good example and others will treat you with respect. It makes for better relations all around.
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Dignity acknowledges the other person as a human being with all the attendant rights and privileges. Dignity extends to calling someone by their appropriate honorific, title, or office.

    Respect is not innate, however, it is earned and lost through behavior. I can initially treat someone with dignity - for being a human being - and the respect I believe they should hold. They can then respond or act in such a way as to demean themselves and/or others and thus cause me to lose respect for them.

    Example: Barack Obama. While he was President, dignity dictated that he be addressed by his title and name as President Barack Obama rather than the more derogatory Barry Soetero many were fond of using. But then-President Obama held no respect from me because of his deceit and dismissal of those who differed with him politically.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Words can be deceptive. What one person regards as respect may be different from another's. Often, in ghetto neighborhoods, you best be respecting someone, whether or not they deserve it, or you can be issued a a death sentence. This is very unlike the more mild, civil view of respect in more prosperous communities.

    Treating someone with dignity is important, especially when they're down on their luck. I can acknowledge a person's dignity as a human being, without necessarily respecting them.
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  • Posted by CTYankee 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    It's a false dichotomy. Ideally one would do both, however there is no dependence of one upon the other. As an example I cite the case of 'emergency aid' there is no dignified way to save a drowning man. Conversely a medic will provide aid to someone on need without inquiring about that person's deeds, merit, etc.
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  • Posted by 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Treating a homeless person with respect,
    “Do you need help? Are you willing to do some work? If you want, I can help you find some work and become more self-reliant.”

    Treating a homeless person with dignity,
    “Here are your food stamps your royal majesty.”
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  • Posted by  $  AJAshinoff 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    My initial thought was this:
    With respect (social construct) comes dignity (personal construct). The only thing people can do is treat each other respectfully in all things and the individual, valuing the assessment, builds his/her dignity. Another person cannot bestow dignity, just treat you respectfully.
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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    IMO, it's pretty much the same thing.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=respe...
    Me dino has learned over the years that it's best to treat people some would consider as beneath them with dignity and respect.
    Like how about that person behind that intercom box at a fast food joint?
    Two decades ago I saw televised videos/security tapes of misbehaving fast food personnel doing such things as spitting into the food of awaiting customers.
    So me dino decided it best to say "ma'am" or "sir" even to a kid at a fast food restaurant. My living in the Deep South does not make saying such as that unique anyhoo.
    One time I was in a car line at a Taco Bell and the driver before me was ,talking while flinging his arms around, showing off to his girl at the expense of whoever he was talking to on the intercom.
    It occurred to me dino that the help still may be PO'd when I came along next. So me dino left the line and drove to another eatery.
    Sometimes being polite can backfire. Just a month ago at Arby's I called a young guy with a high pitched voice a "ma'am." Hopefully Sir Squeaky did not spit into my food..
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    • Posted by term2 2 months, 3 weeks ago
      Treating people with respect initially is a good thing in that it encourages them to respect themselves and you.

      That said, if the respect isnt given back, that is the signal that the person doesnt deserve respect, or even attention after that.
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  • Posted by MikePusatera 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Seems like biggest issue here is we all have varying ideas of the definitions of respect and dignity. I always interpreted respect as a given for all humans in a "inalienable right" sort of way. Treating someone with dignity is a choice I make based on my opinion of that person.
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