Contemplation: Respect vs. Respect

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I recently read this somewhere online, and it struck me, thought I’d share (reworked the language a bit, but the principle remains intact):

Sometimes people use the word respect in a way that means to treat someone like a human being, and sometimes people use the term respect in a way that means to treat someone as an authority.

And sometimes, people who are used to being treated as an authority say: “If you don’t respect me, I won’t respect you.”

But what they actually mean is: “If you don’t respect me as an authority, I won’t respect you as a human being.”

And this is never acceptable behavior.

Rand Eastwood

Rand Eastwood is an author & blogger residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Certified in nutrition and ancestral health, he is a healthy nutrition & lifestyle advocate. He describes himself as an Individualist, Consensualist, Syncretist, & Autarchist. His mission: "To seek, discover, assimilate, and disseminate Truth." Also, much of his fiction—including some award-winning stories—is included in his book Rolling The Bones, a collection of 12 subtly interconnected tales of dark fiction: 8 short stories, 3 novellas, and a short novel. He currently has an extensive novel under development (working title Primeval), along with various other writing projects To follow his work, you can subscribe to this blog (form in sidebar & below each post, or simply use this quick sign-up form), friend him on Facebook, and follow his author page on Amazon and Goodreads for future book releases.  

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