Respect

Respect is earned, not given away for free. Automatic respect cheapens it to the point of meaninglessness.

You don’t get my respect because of a position or title.

If I respect you, it’s because I believe you have earned it. I respect those who I believe deserve it; no one else. My respect has value.

If I act as though I respect you, I either actually do respect you, or I see that I am outgunned at the moment and believe I’d be better off faking respect, or I am mocking you. Like when I capitalize the word “State“.

You can probably guess which it is if you know me.

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