1. to show regard or consideration for: to respect someone's rights.
2. to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with: to respect a person's privacy.
3. esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.
I think that respect is not an honored quality by some people today. You expect or demand respect from your boss and coworkers, but those same people have to earn your respect. I increasingly see couples or close friends being too comfortable with each other and respect is not shown, at all.
I see a lack of respect from some religious groups. They believe their beliefs are so right that they feel that someone who doesn't believe the same as them does not even deserve any amount of respect.
So, how does one earn respect? Is that even an issue? Shouldn't we naturally have respect for someone as a unique individual? I think that respect is one of those things that separate us from animals and from our basest instincts?
What are your thoughts on respect?