Respecting Rights

re·spect [ri-spekt] – noun
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 was thinking enough on this topic lately already, and seeing serious copyright violations by many "respected" people on certain social networking sites and the sites unwillingness to do anything of substance about it kinda pushed me to work on it more.

The best way to teach respect is to show respect. When someone experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is. Without respect there is no honor or integrity, and these things are vital to our way of life. How can you respect someone who has no respect for the rights of others. If they are willing to violate the rights of one, why do you think they will not violate the rights of others or of you?

We all know the saying "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Well obviously most people want to be stolen from and have their rights violated. Either that or they simply think the rules only apply to other people, not themselves.

We all see the lack of respect in our society, yet so many continue to do things that show they have no respect for others. If you are violating someone's rights, what makes you think others should respect your rights?

Look around, do you see people posting art or photos that are not theirs? If those works are not posted with the permission of the artist, then they are violating someone's rights. It's up to us to let them know, to get them to correct that violation, and if they will not, then to step away from being their friend. Being around someone who does not respect others is only going to lead to trouble for us later.

"Men are respectable only as they respect" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

19 Aug 2010 12:00:00

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