Why is respect so important and what can we do to see more respect in society?

Listen to Colleen Doyle Bryant, author of Rooted in Decency, on the podcast How to be a Better Person

Why is respect important- author Colleen Doyle Bryant talks about respect on the podcast How to Be a Better Person

What is common decency? Why does respect matter? What can each of us do in our lives to increase respect?

Find out about this and more on this engaging chat between Colleen Doyle Bryant and Kate Hanley on the How to Be a Better person podcast.

When you treat a person with respect, it’s not necessarily because you respect that person.

Sometimes you treat a stranger with respect. You don’t even know them, how would you know if you respect them or not?

The point is that you value a civil society, you value the idea that all people should be treated with a level of care and dignity.

That agreement, that I will treat you with care and dignity and I should be able to expect you to treat me with care and dignity, that is fundamental to the functioning of a civil society.

Colleen Doyle Bryant

So you’ll see for instance the Golden Rule appears in all the world’s major enduring religions, this idea that we should treat people the way we want to be treated, because 1) it invites trust, 2) it’s fair, and 3) it establishes reciprocity. So when people aren’t behaving that way, when they’re not treating people with the care and dignity we think they deserve, then it shakes that fundamental sense of how things are supposed to work.

Colleen Doyle Bryant

Listen to the podcast: How to Be A Better Person, Episode 839

Bringing Decency Back, Episode 839 of How to Be a Better Person Podcast, Featuring author Colleen Doyle Bryant Listen Now

Learn more about respect and common decency in Colleen's book, Rooted in Decency.

Author Colleen Doyle Bryant
Colleen Doyle Bryant is the author of five books and more than 50 learning resources about character and values for kids, teens, and adults. Her latest book, Rooted in Decency, looks at the decline in common decency in society and ways that we can build more trust and cooperation. Learn more at ColleenDoyleBryant.com

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