Is there a difference between Dignity and Respect?
Often the two terms, dignityand respect are used together.
Dignitycomes from the Latin noun dignus,, "worth" and is related to other valuing words such as dignitary, dainty, disdain and indignation. It identifies a worthy, high and honorable condition.
Respect comes from the Latin verb respicere, literaly "look back at" and is related to other view words such as spectator, spectacles and inspect.
Dignity is honorableness, a quality of the person being elevated. Dignity identifies a worthy, high and honorable condition. Dignity is being treated in a dignified manner. Taking into account the other persons limitations, station, in life, older in years etc. The person giving dignity does not have to respect the other person. They merely have to treat them in a dignified manner.
Respect is a viewpoint, a quality of the person doing the elevating, an inner function. Respect identifies the act of paying attention or proper consideration, and by extension the act of viewing someone as worhty of such consideration. Respect requires one person to look into the other persons viewpoint and attempt to see it from their perspective. The person wanting respect may not be in a position of choice to leave the situation when treated with disrespect. The person wanting respect may or may not be deserving of respect but expects to be treated respectfully in so far as the interaction is concerned.
Together Dignity and Respect At Work allows people to interact in a mature and adult way. It creates a working environment where everyone's values, beliefs and qualities are enhanced for the betterment of the individuals and the organisation.
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