“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”- Laurence Sterne
“Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.”- Hussein Nishah
‘Respect’ a small word with such a deep meaning. Treating people with respect makes your world a nicer place to live in, whether it’s at home, at school, or out in your community. And it’s easy – all you have to do is treat people the way you like to have them treat you.
We humans are very sensitive. We tend to see someone’s rude to us pretty quickly but do we pay heed to see how we treat others? We more usually don’t retrospect for we believe we deserve to be respected for who we are even if we haven’t been best with others.
Humans always tend to put themselves above others specifically when the position of the other is lower than his. While he will always have respect for people stronger to him for power begets respect or so we think.
Just take an example of a boss who is in a powerful position, even if you as an employee makes a small mistake he won’t stop from disrespecting you since he thinks you don’t deserve to be treated on par with him. No matter how much disrespectful he is too you, you will still talk to him with respect for he holds the power of your career. You may not respect the person yet you will respect his power. This has been in practice for time immemorial which ceases to change.
Even today, people in our society who have power command respect over all other qualities.
Can we change it?
Yes we can. Change of thinking should come from within us. If we respect others like we want to be respected maybe then change will come. We can try the following steps for a start-
- Don’t insult people or make fun of them.
- Listen to others when they speak without interrupting them.
- Value other people’s opinions.
- Be considerate of people’s likes and dislikes.
- Don’t talk about people behind their backs.
- Be sensitive to other people’s feelings.
These are just a few steps to begin with. You can keep adding more and more till you are able the view a peon and a manger of a big company through the same eyes. Remember your attitude decides your latitude.