Reality rewards respect

Respect

Respect Yourself (album)

Respect Yourself (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To respect does not mean to worship or glorify or blindly obey. To respect simply means to notice something for exactly what it is, to just accept it as it is without idealism.

When we first give attention to something, we inspect it (however carefully or carelessly) and then we make our initial interpretation of it and use labels in language to identify it. Respect actually begins after all of that.

Respect means to “look again” (to re-spect), to review, to re-assess (or at least to be open to making ongoing reassessments). Respect means to be interested in clarity, perceptiveness, accuracy, and precision.

Respect is in contrast to neglect. When we reject something in order to focus on preserving a particular presumption or ideal, that is idealism. Idealism can lead to quite disrespectful behavior, such as antagonistic arguing, ridicule, and contempt.

In contrast to idealism is respect and skepticism. Skepticism actually has the same linguistic root as scope, respect, inspect, and spectrum. Skepticism means to observe something carefully, respectfully.

Respect yourself

Respect yourself (Photo credit: Celestine Chua)

As for being respected by others, that can be an important concern. Those who have been harassed can appreciate the value of receiving respect from others.

Respect can mean for people to simply leave you to your own privacy. Further, respect would mean that people approach you and interact with you respectfully.

However, that is not the main focus here. We are focusing on the benefits of practicing respect.

What are the rewards of practicing respect? Reality rewards respect and punishes neglect.

When I am calm and offer respect, then I can notice what others miss (neglect). I notice risks and opportunities earlier than others (if they even notice at all).

I can notice the idealism and social paranoia that people may sometimes experience, respectfully observing others who are defending particular ideals in distress, rather than simply respecting ideals as ideals.

Of course, I can observe people condemning a particular idealism (or all idealism). I can notice the panic and distress of those who desperately promote some form of idealism, competing furiously with any potential threat to their sacred idolatry. I can engage with them selectively or delicately or even not at all.

The prophet Isaiah taught about respect as distinct from worship, presenting ideas like “some idolaters worship me only with their lips, but they neglect what is divine and only respect familiar traditions.” Jesus quoted this teaching of Isaiah in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 7.

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reality rewards those who respect reality. Reality neglects (or even punishes) those who neglect reality.

Where is reality? When did it start? What power is beyond it?

Reality is omnipresent, eternal, and omnipotent. Many people are familiar with translations of ancient words in to the modern word “God,” but which could also be rendered as “reality.”

 

Furthermore, there are 3 ancient words that all are commonly translated in to English as “love.” To translate them all as the same word reduces the precision of the teaching. Instead of using the word love, let’s take some familiar teachings and use the word respect.

Jesus was asked which are the most important teachings. He answered with a reference to the very first one.

First, respect reality, which has formed you as an aspect of reality. You are just one form of reality, among others- or you are the many variations of form that you can experience over time.

Second, respect one another. All that you experience is a pattern of reality. All creatures are forms in reality, formed by reality, and forms of reality. Reality includes all experiences and sensations and words and patterns and forms.

You have heard it stated like this: “Respect this that you are hearing, ye O Israel: the LORD thy Reality is inclusive. As a mansion includes many rooms, so reality is like a huge vine of which each of us is just a single branch or leaf. Just as you are a branch of reality, respect every branch of reality.”

In these two teachings, the entire value of spirituality is contained. For those who are not ready for the simplicity of these two teachings, there are additional teachings that can prepare them for the first two.

Again, these teachings are like the root of a tree and the trunk. When someone approaches from a distance, they will see the entire tree without precision. Then as they get closer, they can see the individual branches and variations. But when they get all the way to the base of the tree, then they will see that the trunk is the hub from which all the branches grow.

The curious ones will ask “how can there be a trinity and also unity?” The wise ones will say “how can a tree have three limbs and yet only a single trunk?”

Those who argue for exclusive monotheism or for exclusive polytheism are fools. They do not understand how their own patterns of using language are limiting their rewards.

Let them repent and be like children: humble and respectful. Let them notice that monotheism and polytheism are both entirely valid branches of the tree of life.

All things have their purpose. There is a time for hate and a time for love (respect). There is a time for peace and a time for war. There is a time for panic and a time for calm. There is a time for arguing and a time for introspection.

All things are pure. For the one who lacks respectfulness and is corrupted with idealism and self-condemnation, they find many things to disrespect and condemn. However, for the one who is pure, all of reality is worthy of respect.

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One Response to “Reality rewards respect”

  1. freestonepeaches Says:

    “Reality rewards respect and punishes neglect.” I like this quote. I’m going to put it on my wall with all my other quotes.

    I have never looked at respect as “looking a second time”. I get that it means to go deeper than just a cursory view, and look cleanly and newly.

    Thanks. I really liked this.

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