It just baffles me how “Respect is earned” and “I treat a CEO and a janitor with the same degree of respect” can come from one person.

They’re just so contradicting.

On one hand, “My respect is earned” means “You better be someone great—or do something that fits within my standards and principles—to earn my respect.”

But on the other hand, “I treat a CEO and a janitor with the same degree of respect” means “Regardless of what you do, I will treat you with respect.”

See the dissonance? If you say “respect is earned”, then you only respect them for what they have.

Respecting a person for their achievements isn’t bad. But you should respect them because that’s who they are—a person.

Don’t declare that your “respect” is “earned” and then follow it with a contradicting statement.

Respect is what we decide to give to people—regardless of who they are or what they have.’

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