Prep School Word of the Week 

 

Respect

Word of the Week for 5/20/2019 by Prep Cadet Zoe Williams

 

Respect can mean many different things to many different people. Respect is also two different parts of speech. As a noun, respect means a feeling of deep emotion for someone or something, and as a verb, respect means to admire someone or something. Respect is a late Middle English word that came from the Latin word “respectus”. The word respect typically carries a positive connotation. In our culture, it is believed that everyone should treat others, no matter who they are, with respect; the same respect given to the President of the United States of America is the same respect that should be given to the custodian who cares for the building in which one works or attends school. Showing respect to everyone is about the principal of the word “respect” and how it is practiced. The amount of respect one shows another truly illustrations who we are as people. Showing, or not showing, respect defines one’s character and attitude. When conversing with people, it is important to treat them with dignity; this interaction not only affirms the other’s importance but also displays strong character.

At GMC Prep School, we recite the three words to live by every day: “Duty, Honor, Country.” Respect is a form of duty; duty is a responsibility or an obligation. As a contributing member of our community it is our duty to show everyone respect no matter the day or time. Respect should be a natural part of our everyday interactions with one another. Respect can come in small packages like holding the door for a stranger or saying thank you when someone holds the door for you. Respect should be given no matter the circumstance; even when first meeting someone, respect should be given. Respect, in a sense, goes back to the Golden Rule. Remember to always treat others the way you would like to be treated. We all want to receive respect; therefore, we should all give respect.

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