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What is the difference between fear and respect?
June 21, 2012 12:13AM
Some abusive people can obtain respect (twisted respect) by dishing out fear. That's the only connection.
Normally fear of a person or persons is not respect, but simply fear itself (bodily harm.) Respect is earned and it's when someone treats you like a human being with kindness, love and affection along with trust and honor that you respect that person.
Respect involves regard for moral worth. There are people I may disagree with but look up to as decent and principled and so on. People who are feared for their violence and brutality are morally contemptible - that is, morally low.