What’s it all mean?

When Uncle Sam asked me to write for him, my first thought was why? Maybe it is because I ask too many questions. Every time I seen him online, I knew I could ask him about what was really going on. I trusted him. I asked questions and he always answered my honestly. (Uncle Sam is straight forward and doesn’t worry about hurting anyone’s feelings!) Honesty is how you earn respect. A lot of people have forgotten this. I hear people saying that they deserve respect and I agree. My question, is what have you done to earn that respect? What does respect really mean?


Re`spect´   Pronunciation: r?`sp?kt´
v. t. 1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.

[imp. & p. p. Respected; p. pr. & vb. n. Respecting.]
2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor.
3. To look toward; to front upon or toward.

Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the   uth.

– Sir T. Browne.
4. To regard; to consider; to deem.

5. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to; as, the treaty particularly respects our commerce.

As respects
as regards; with regard to; as to.
To respect the person
to favor a person, or persons on corrupt grounds; to show partiality.

– Macaulay.
n. 1. The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution.

But he it well did ward with wise respect.

– Spenser.
2. Esteem; regard; consideration; honor.

Seen without awe, and served without respect.

– Prior.
The same men treat the Lords Day with as little respect.

– R. Nelson.
3. An expression of respect of deference; regards; as, to send ones respects to another.
4. Reputation; repute.

Many of the best respect in Rome.

– Shak.
4. Particular; point regarded; point of view; as, in this respect; in any respect; in all respects.

In one respect Ill be thy assistant.

– Shak.
5. Relation; reference; regard.

7. Consideration; motive; interest.

In respect
in comparison.
In respect of
a In comparison with.

– Shak.
b As to; in regard to.

– Shak.
In respect to
in relation to; with regard to; as respects.

– Bp. Wilkins.
To have respect of persons
to regard persons with partiality or undue bias, especially on account of friendship, power, wealth, etc.

– Tillotson

This is Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of respect. It has occurred to me that people have forgotten what it really is like to be respected or to be shown respect. When I see a funeral procession, why am I almost always the only one that pulls over? I didn’t know the person but I feel in their passing, respect has been earned. I think of their families and friends left with an empty void and in those few moments that I sit in my car watching, it reminds me of how precious those I care for are, how they can be gone in the blink of an eye.

I thank a veteran for their service everyday not just on Veteran’s day. I bite my tongue in the middle of a restaurant, on Veteran’s Day, as Taps is played for the MIA’s as a lady complains about the bugle. I wasn’t angry with her, I was disappointed. How could she act in such a way? Does she not know what that table with a lit candle, a single red rose, and the empty chair represent. How could she not know? Does she not realize that every head bowed, with Taps playing in the year of 2013, most of us quietly accepting the fact that the MIA’s from Vietnam, Korea, all these wars from many years ago, they are not coming home? Is it possible that people have forgotten? How can you forget the thousands upon thousands of people that sacrificed for our country? These people left their families and traveled far away from home to countries that were so different, so strange. Most of them probably watched the country they lived in until it completely vanished. They fought and died on foreign soil in the name of what is right. No one wants to leave their home but they did. They served our country. Now- that is respect.


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