In a message dated 6/25/2008 12:44:04 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
Respect without ethics is destructive.
The Mafia had great respect inside its ranks, but it lacked ethical bearings for the greater community, Gangsta's demand respect from everyone yet they do not give respect back to the community. Some communities will not talk to the police because there is a code of silence they respect. The code of silence protects the guilty and lacks ethical concerns for the rest of the community. Respect with out ETHICS is deadly.
A student can respect other people. students, staff, visitors. When one steals from the shop, respect thief and do not tell on them. Respect without ethics is destructive to the community, the program and to all related people.
A student can respect tools. If you need them, take them home, care for them
and use them appropriately. It is theft but it is also respect. Respect
without ethics is Loss
I propose that focus on Ethical treatment of people, community, property,
and so on; is important to changing the environment of RESPECT for bad behavior.
The Dalai Lama puts the idea of ethics in a broader message.
It is in everybody's interest to seek those [actions] that lead to happiness and avoid those which lead to suffering. And because our interests are inextricably linked, we are compelled to accept ethics as the indispensable interface between my desire to be happy and yours.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Respect without a focus on Ethics, is just dust in the wind.
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