Let us get to know the person behind that quote.
Confucius was born 520 BC in Kǒng Qiū and died 479 BC. He was a Chinese Philosopher and his main interests were moral philosophy, social philosophy, and ethics. His Philosophy is also known as Confucianism, maybe some have heard that already.
Confucius’s principles have commonality with Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor veneration, and respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives, recommending family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle “Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself”, the Golden Rule.
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”Confucius
My thoughts on this quote:
In my opinion this very old quote still holds a lot of wisdom. I think you can teach others how to treat you. If you allow someone to abuse or disrespect you and you allow it or make excuses for their behavior, you are showing that you have little respect for yourself.
It manifests in so many ways, but the bottom line is self-worth – you knowing and believing in yourself.
I would say that self-respect is self-worth in a way. Your life has value, there is no argument against it. Someone once said to me that we are just well-arranged atoms that evolved very well. Maybe that is the case, but still, every human life is qualified for having value.
Your job is to understand and feel your value. If you do not know your value in the universe, how is another person supposed to know. You must give value to yourself. You are valuable if you decide you are.
If you truly believe in your value, others will do the same.
I think that you should respect every person, no matter who they are. “Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself.” The golden rule should apply to every part of our life. It always reminds me of Kant’s categorical imperative, but that is something for another post.
I always think about the snowball effect. If you do good to 3 persons, and those do good to another 3 persons and so on, you could change the way people treat each other. You could start a movement of positivity. Isn’t worth a shot every day?
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