What is respect? The dictionary reveals several different meanings, revolving around the showing of esteem, deferential regard, appreciation, acknowledgement, to give reference to, to show consideration and to avoid violation of or interference with others, rules or things. To me, the deeper and most important meaning of respect is that of being charitable; to truly display respect one must essentially be charitable. How can you show respect without also being benevolent towards humanity, without showing forbearance in judging others?
In the Western world we have moved further and further away from the examination of mental processes and how they impact upon the way in which our lives unfold. This can be seen in many areas of our lives; we abrogate responsibility for how we feel to circumstances, other people - anything and everything other than ourselves and how we think.