I think most of us are born with an inherent respect for everything. especially things with a heartbeat. some of us lose it
conditional respect is a tempory gift given until actions or words diminish it. is it worth anything ?
I think sometimes we may mix up trust and respect or something like that ..maybe
i think we should respect everyone and everything without borders. I don't really buy into the have to earn respect line of thought. not knocking it
also, I appreciate the conversation. very interesting.
My thinking is the other way around
We have an inherent trust of everything from birth, we have to trust our parents to feed us, to comfot us when we cry, to burp us to stop the pain in your stomache.
the whole world is one big dangerous place but we dont know or understand it we have to break down our trust in everything that hurts us, how many babies recoil at a stranger, screaming in fear because the person is new and trust has not been established, if there is no trust the only thing you respect is fear.
a child opening and closing a door there is a blind trusting naievety to the child's interaction, until they jamb their finger, they may go back to it a few more times and do the same again, but once hurt enough you build a guarded respect for the power of pain caused. If the pain is sufficient you build up a wall of fear as well.
My father beat the living fuck out of my entire family in alcohol and drug induced rages,
So the inherent respect i have for another man is one that is guarded by his ability to hurt me, not respect in him as human, that only comes after trust has been established.